Statewide unemployment rate lowest since 2009

Nov. 17, 2012 @ 06:45 AM

NORTH CAROLINA — While the statewide unemployment rate only fell by 0.3 of a percentage point last month, the decrease is still noteworthy for North Carolina.

On Friday, the Labor and Economic Analysis Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce announced that the statewide unemployment rate for October was 9.3 percent.

This figure accounts for 439,601 displaced residents and represents a drop from September's rate of 9.6 percent.

Perhaps more importantly, the October rate is actually the lowest reported since January 2009.  

That month, 9.0 percent of people living in North Carolina were out of work.

Senator Kay Hagan issued a statement following the division's rate release.

“While I’m pleased with today’s jobs report, we still have much more work to do to put North Carolinians back to work," she said. 

"We have an opportunity during this lame duck session to come together in a bipartisan way to address the serious issues facing our country and help North Carolina’s economy grow more rapidly. "