Civitas Review

Nearly 300,000 Fewer People Are Now Employed In North Carolina Than In 2008


This week there was a lot of talk about lost jobs at dueling press conferences by Governor Beverly Perdue and Republican Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. Berger said over 100,000 jobs have been lost since Perdue took office. Perdue didn't dispute that but said she has worked to create more jobs and claimed many succeses.

There's another way to look at those numbers. Statistics from the Employment Security Commission show in February of this year compared to February of 2008 there were 298,000 fewer people employed in North Carolina.

February 2008 – 4,177,400

February 2011 – 3,879,300

Those are totals of those employed in non-farm jobs.

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