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Triangle Economic Outlook

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New economic numbers out this month show workers in the Triangle are finding fewer jobs, and those who do have employment are making less money. 

The latest unemployment figures are the highest the Triangle has seen since August of last year. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Triangle Business Journal reporter Jason deBruyn about the latest figures. 

"If you look at total employment, that number is still going up," deBruyn says. 

At the same time, the unemployment rate is up, and there are several factors in play, such as more population growth, people moving to the Triangle with the hope of finding a job and others rejoining the work force. 

However, deBruyn sees the unemployment spike as a blip rather than indicative of a larger trend.

"Taken on the whole, there's still more positives to take away than negatives," deBruyn says.

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.