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Ahead of Labor Day, jobless rate shows no improvement (video)

The nation’s jobless rate held steady at 9.1 percent in August, according to figures released Friday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The report notes that while jobs in the health care field rose by 30,000 last month, information employment saw a declined (largely due to striking Verizon workers), and manufacturing was largely unchanged.

A countinued decline in government employment also dampened the August numbers. The Labor Department reports that since employment peaked in September 2008, local governments have lost 550,000 jobs.

This weekend on News & Views, the president of the North Carolina AFL-CIO discusses the jobs picture ahead of Labor Day.

With North Carolina’s unemployment rate above 10%, James Andrews says he is especially troubled Republicans passed a state budget this summer that eliminates more jobs in the public sector.  Andrews believes such cuts will have a long and lasting effect on local communities, and underscores the need for a bold, new federal jobs initiative.

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

5 Comments


  1. Alex

    September 2, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Let’s face it ! Obama is a complete disaster when it comes to jobs. I shudder to think where we would be with another four years of his incompetence.

  2. bruce

    September 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Can you tell me the government job loss figures in NC in June and July of 2010? Bet you a soft drink that you won’t answer this question.

  3. Clayton Henkel

    September 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Bruce – The ESC shows 670,900 government jobs in July of 2011, compared to 701,200 in July of 2010 – a reduction of 30,300 for the year. (http://www.ncesc1.com/pmi/rates/PressReleases/State/NR_July_2011_StRate_M1.pdf) I don’t have the numbers for June 2010, but I’m sure the folks there probably can access that data.

  4. david esmay

    September 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Alex, we would be right back at the final years of the Bush fiasco, and the congressional repubs are trying as hard as they can to drive us right back to where Bush left off !

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