3/17/2017 – Caldwell County posts largest monthly jobs increase this century

Posted on: March 17th, 2017 by admin

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March 17, 2017

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Caldwell County recorded its largest monthly employment increase this century in January, according to data released by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

 

In the report, Caldwell added 695 jobs thanks to 893 individuals joining the labor market. Caldwell also recorded 34,483 people working, the best number since November 2008.

 

The unemployment rate rose in all 100 counties across the state, including .4 of a percentage point in Caldwell to 5.6 percent. That total, however, is below the 6 percent rate posted in January of last year and is the lowest January jobless rate since 2001.

 

In addition, Caldwell jumped from 47th in overall unemployment in December to a tie for 36th in January. Seven years ago at the height of the Great Recession, Caldwell languished in 98th place.

 

 

 

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