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The Ripple Effect

North Carolina’s unemployment rate jumped to a record high of 11.2 percent in December.  Several economists say the figure would be much higher if you counted frustrated workers who have abandoned their job searches as well as those who are underemployed.

Peter Werbicki, President/CEO of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC, says a ripple effect of all the job losses is a growing number of middle-class families now seeking help from his nonprofit.

Requests for help from the Food Bank are up 30 to 60 percent in their 34-county service area. To put that in perspective, the organization distributed 36.8 million pounds of food in fiscal year 2008-2009.

For a preview of Werbicki’s radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below:

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