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Prosperity Watch: Unemployed workers still outnumber available job openings by almost 3-to-1

Despite a superficial improvement in North Carolina’s unemployment rate over the past three months, the state’s jobs picture remains extremely troubling, especially for the 70,000 Tarheel workers likely to lose federal extended unemployment benefits on June 30th. There are just not enough job openings available in order to meaningfully bring down unemployment rate, and as a result, thousands of the state’s workers are simply giving up on the job search and dropping out of the labor force altogether. See the latest issue of Prosperity Watch for details.

2 Comments


  1. Pat Leonard

    June 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Government only counts the number of unemployed persons by the number that are filing for benefits. I long forgot those that lost benefits before now. I was laid off after 16 years from a company I had been with since inception. Most of that was due to my age and money. I have applied for over 2000 jobs all across NC, including grocery stores, Walmart, McDonalds, anywhere, any place. I have only had 4 interviews out of all those applications. I was in upper management and consider myself intelligent. I do good to keep food on the table. I DO NOT collect anything from the government in aid. I clean houses, whatever I can find just to stay afloat. Please do not put thousand’s of others in my position. It is a hard place to be.

  2. Doug

    June 27, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I am not seeing that in the job market so much. I only had two serious candidates for a position I put out there recently. It is a tough market for hiring too if you need someone with some actaual qualification and experience.

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