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Archive for March, 2009

U.S. Marshals to discuss Wilmington fugitive roundup at 10 a.m.

Friday, March 20th, 2009

The U.S. Marshals Service for the Eastern District of North Carolina will discuss a recent multi-agency fugitive roundup at the Wilmington Police Department downtown today at 10 a.m.

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Prospect of adjusting school start times worries parents

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Tweaking the school day to streamline bus schedules was met with lukewarm support at best and open disdain by some parents interviewed outside Forest Hills Elementary on Thursday morning.

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NC unemployment rates top 10 percent, NHC slightly below that

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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The national unemployment rate is 8 and a half percent. In the Tar Heel state the average is more than 10 percent. In our area only, New Hanover County is below the state numbers.

That has not stopped people from coming to our area. In January, New Hanover County’s labor force increased. Tyshaun Perryman is one of the new area residents looking for a job, but he is already putting in plenty of hours. “Filling out applications and following up on prospects, networking, talking to people and seeing if they know a friend that knows a friend that knows a friend,” Perryman said.

Southeastern North Carolina is not alone in its struggles with the numbing statistics. Of the Tar Heel states 100 counties, 72 of them have an unemployment rate above 10 percent, and no county in the state has an unemployment rate below five percent.

“We have companies closing on March 31st and there are people from at least 4 or 5 different counties working there. So they are going back to their counties and affecting the unemployment rate in those areas,” said New Hanover County ESC manager, Walker Biggs.

Perryman said he is in it for the long hall and won’t be scared by the numbers. “I know that the economy’s bad, but I also believe that as an individual I have to really get out there and grind it out and eventually, I’ll get some results.”

If there is any good news in all of this it’s this: January is typically the worst unemployment month for counties in our area. Biggs said for that reason he expects the unemployment rate to plateau or decrease in the coming months.

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videoState unemployment rates are at a 25 year high, and unfortunately, most of our area has a jobless rate higher than the state average.

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Ministerial alliance plans event to join nonprofits and volunteers

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

The public is invited to attend a citywide fellowship event this weekend, which aims to connect volunteers with nonprofits which are helping out in the community.

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Southeast NC population growing, despite unemployment numbers

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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Despite the unemployment numbers, people are still moving to North Carolina. Though the growth rate has slowed a bit, new numbers from the US Census Bureau shows our piece of paradise is still a desirable place to live.

According to Brunswick County Commissioner, Bill Sue, there is a clear reason why. “Our growth is tied into retirement folks, the baby boomers, as they leave the northeastern states, and come south where the quality of life, in my opinion, is much better,” he said.

Retiree, Tom Livingston was in search of lower property taxes. Last year, he relocated from New Hampshire to Bolivia. “On a fixed income, you have to go where the price is right,” Livingston said. “It’s more relaxed here and I love your oceans.”

On a national scale, the Raleigh metropolitan area ranks number one for growth. The Wilmington metropolitan area, which includes Brunswick and Pender counties, is 26th.

In 2007, more than 190,000 people called New Hanover County home. Brunswick County’s population was more than 98,000. Both Columbus and Pender counties peaked over the 50,000 mark. Bladen County’s population came in at over 32,000 people.

Last year, all five counties saw a population increase with Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick counties seeing the most significant growth. Brunswick led the region with more than 4,000 people moving in.

Sue said even though residential development has felt the impact of a struggling economy, he remains optimistic. “As the economy turns around, we will see our ranking go back up because I don’t know of a better place to live than Brunswick County.”

North Carolina’s population might continue to rise. In this week’s budget proposal, Governor Perdue set aside two million dollars to help attract more industry to the state, and further promote North Carolina as a tourist destination.

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videoDespite the unemployment numbers, people are still moving to North Carolina. Though the growth rate has slowed a bit, new numbers from the US Census Bureau shows our piece of paradise is still a desirable place to live.

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