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Latest numbers show surge in area unemployment

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The latest unemployment numbers show a worsening jobs situation across the Cape Fear. All five of the counties in our area saw an increase in the unemployment rate between December and January. According to new numbers from the Department of Commerce’s Labor & Economic Analysis Division the unemployment rate in the Wilmington was 11.3 percent in January. That’s 0.7 points higher than December, as well as one year earlier.

Columbus County saw the biggest increase in our five-county area. The rate there grew from 12.9 percent in December to 14.3 percent in January. That’s the 12th highest rate in the entire state.

Brunswick County was also up more than one percentage point from 11.9 to 13.0.

The Department of Commerce says seasonal factors contributed to an increase in county unemployment rates in January. Rates increased in 95 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, decreased in three counties and remained the same in two counties.

The unemployment rate in Bladen, New Hanover and Pender counties all increased 0.7 points. Only New Hanover, at 10.4 percent, is below the statewide rate of 10.5 percent.

County
January December Change
Wilmington Metro 11.3 10.6 +0.7
Bladen 13.3 12.6 +0.7
Brunswick 13.0 11.9 +1.1
Columbus 14.3 12.9 +1.4
New Hanover 10.4 9.7 +0.7
Pender 12.2 11.5 +0.7

 

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Delayed commercial property values to be mailed

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Commercial appraisals took longer because of staffing shortages in the tax office

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Atlanta Braves heavy hitters lead local power breakfast

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s held a “Time to play ball?” power breakfast this morning.

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Port City’s supermarket boom, Carolina Farmin’ looks to expand

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Port City shoppers are finding themselves in the middle of a feast of choices.

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Area jobless rate jumps to 11.3 percent

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The area comprises New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties.

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