N.C. Unemployment Falls

A little good news on the labor front today, as North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.6%, the News and Record reported today.  The rate was 9.7% last month.

If you’re looking for work, please remember that Greensboro Public Library would like to help.  We’ve got a full-time employment counselor named Kim Hailey, as well as some great resources on our Job and Career Information page.

Guilford Unemployment Down in August

Guilford County’s unemployment rate for August fell 4/10s of a percent from July to 10.5%, the News and Record reported Friday.

Most counties in North Carolina saw a drop last month.  Overall, the State’s jobless rate stands at 9.8%.

Please remember that if you’re looking for work, Greensboro Public Library would like to help.  You can check out our Job & Career Information page here, and our full-time career counselor, Ms. Kim Hailey, who works out of Central Library, is of course here to help.

NC Unemployment Declines in July

Unemployment in North Carolina fell to 9.8% in July, the News and Record reported today.  The state’s jobless rate had exceeded 10% every month since February 2009.

Earlier in August, the Labor Department reported that national unemployment for July remained unchanged versus the previous month at 9.5%.  A state-by-state analysis shows that jobless rolls declined in 27 states and the District of Columbia, rose in 20 states, and remained unchanged in 3.  But North Carolina was one of only a handful of states which saw a statistically significant change.  Overall, summer unemployment around the country is pretty flat.

Please remember, if you’re jobless Greensboro Public Library would like to help.  You might want to check out our Job and Career Information page.

We’ve also got some good news for job seekers.  Our new Career Counselor, Kim Hailey, just started this week!  We expect Kim to be a great addition to our staff.

Guilford Unemployment Up Again

The State of North Carolina’s county unemployment data is out today, and it suggests the recovery is still a little shaky with 45 counties showing month over month increases in June.  

Guilford’s jobless is now 10.9%, up from 10.6% in May.

Please remember, if you’re in the ranks of the unemployed and looking for work, Greensboro Public Library would like to help.  Why not try out our Job and Career Information page?

Unemployment Down Again in N.C.

Just a brief note here that North Carolina’s unemployment rate was down for May to 10.3%, the News and Record reported today.

This is the third straight month of declines since February’s 11.2%.  

As for the national picture, the jobless rate dropped to 9.7%, a decline of .2% versus April, but, according to this MSNBC article, this may be attributable to the fact that lots of folks have simply given up looking.

As always, if you’re looking for work, please remember Greensboro Public Library’s job search page.

N.C. Unemployment is Looking a Little Better

Just a brief note that North Carolina’s unemployment rate fell in April to 10.8%, according to today’s News and Record.  This was down from 11.2% in February.

There are also hopeful signs for a downward trend nationally, as MSNBC reported today that April jobless rates declined in 34 of the 50 states.  However, the national rate still remains very high at 9.9%, and it’s expected to be years before we get back even close to full employment.

If you’re out of work and looking for a job, please remember that Greensboro Public Library has plenty of resources which may be of help.  We’ve just recently hired a new job counselor, Ms. Erica Saunders, and you can check out our online resources here.

Senior Job Fair Coming Up at Central Library

 
When:  Thursday, May 13 from 10 am to 1 pm
Where:  Central Library, 219 N. Church St.

Seniors are invited to Central Library for the Fifth Annual Spring Job Fair.  Representatives from area companies will be available to talk with senior citizens about employment and volunteer opportunities.  Companies and organizations that will be on hand include:  Adecco, Bayada Nurses, The Carillon, Comfort Keepers, EJ’s Staffing Services, Goodwill, Guilford County, GTCC, Home Health Professionals, Home Instead Senior Care, Key Resources, Volunteer Center of Greensboro and more.

The Greensboro Public Library serves job seekers with computers to help search for available positions and fill out online job applications.  Customers can also create resumes with our online ResumeMaker software, take computer classes and learn new job skills.

For more information on the Library’s Senior Job Fair, please contact Belinda Lam at 373-2169.

State Releases County Unemployment Rates for February

The North Carolina Employment Security Commission released its county unemployment data for February today, the News and Record reported.

As you might have guessed, joblessness remains high across North Carolina.  As the chart above indicates, most county unemployment rates in the state fall in the 10.1-14.0% range (59 counties).  Guilford County’s February rate, which was unchanged from January at 11.8%, falls close to the middle of this range.  All regions of North Carolina are well represented in this large group.

However, over one-quarter of the state’s counties (27) have rates over 14.1%, and well over half of these (17) are concentrated in the western mountain and western piedmont sections.  These especially hard-hit counties include:  Alexander (14.5%), Alleghany (15.3%), Ashe (16.2%), Burke (15.6%), Caldwell (17.6%), Catawba (15.3%), Cherokee (16.8%), Cleveland (15.5%), Gaston (14.5%), Graham (19.4%), Lincoln (14.7%), McDowell (16.0%), Mitchell (14.4%), Rutherford (17.9%), Swain (17.6%), Wilkes (14.6%), and Yancey (14.5%). 

Many of these western and western piedmont counties had suffered from declining manufacturing, e.g., textiles, even before the Financial Crisis of 2008, but it is perhaps also significant that none of these counties benefit from the presence of a state university.  In fact, the western piedmont is one of the few contiguous regions in North Carolina which lacks a state university.     

The correlation between the presence of institutions of higher education and low or at least lower unemployment is also evidenced among the fourteen counties which come in with less than 10% jobless rates.  Those counties which have been most resilient to the impact of the recession upon employment include the Research Triangle’s Orange (6.9%), Durham (8.5%), and Wake (9.2%), as well as Buncombe (9.7%) and Watauga (9.4%).  Of course, all of these counties include significant state and/or private universities and colleges.

If you’re out-of-work and looking for a job, please remember Greensboro Public Library’s Job and Career Information page.

February Unemployment in N.C. Rises to 11.2%

The ranks of the jobless in North Carolina continued to rise in February to 11.2%, the News and Record reported today.  This was up .01% from January.

Wake Forest economist Robert Whaples thinks it’s possible the rate worsened because more people are actually looking for work, which could be taken as a hopeful sign.

At any rate, if you’re searching for a job, please remember Greensboro Public Library’s Job and Career Information page.

Guilford Unemployment Rises in January

Unemployment was up again in Guilford during January to 11.8%, the News and Record reported today.  That’s an increase of .6% from December. 

The state-wide rate for January was also 11.8% before seasonal adjustments (11.1% with seasonal adjustments).

Believe it or not though, many counties in North Carolina are faring even worse than Guilford.  Among our neighbors, for instance, the jobless rate for January was 13.2% in Alamance, 14.6% in Rockingham, and 12.8% in Randolph.  Forsyth’s was a little better at 10.6%.

These rates do not of course count folks who have given up looking for work or settled for part-time jobs.      

You can examine county jobless rates across the state at the Employment Security Commission’s website.

And if you’re looking for work, please remember Greensboro Public Library’s job links page.