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CAPITOL CONNECTION

January/February 2012

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Unemployment Figures Drop, Perdue Spins Data Prematurely between her office and the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina. Committee Chairman John Kline, R-Minn said in a statement, “Unemployment data can affect confidence of markets, consumers, and employers. Federal law provides safeguards to ensure no one uses this information for unfair gain.”

So, while unemployment numbers have declined in the last two months, North Carolina must endeavor to continue to put its citizens back to work and at the same time ensure accurate reporting of data. If citizens can’t trust what their government is reporting to them, they will not be able to determine whether North Carolina’s employment condition is recovering or not.

Unemployment: Sept. 2008-Nov. 2011 12.0% 11.0% 10.0% 9.0%

United States North Carolina

8.0% 7.0% 6.0% Sep-08 Oct-08 Nov-08 Dec-08 Jan-09 Feb-09 Mar-09 Apr-09 May-09 Jun-09 Jul-09 Aug-09 Sep-09 Oct-09 Nov-09 Dec-09 Jan-10 Feb-10 Mar-10 Apr-10 May-10 Jun-10 Jul-10 Aug-10 Sep-10 Oct-10 Nov-10 Dec-10 Jan-11 Feb-11 Mar-11 Apr-11 May-11 Jun-11 Jul-11 Aug-11 Sep-11 Oct-11 Nov-11

North Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November dropped to 10 percent down from 10.4 percent in October. The private sector added 4,600 jobs, while the public sector shed 800. Even as the latest numbers look positive, North Carolina’s unemployment rate is a full 1.4 percent higher than the national rate of 8.6 percent. National unemployment figures also fell from October, landing at 8.6 percent from 9 percent in October. Furthermore, national unemployment levels in November 2011 were a full 1.2 percent below what they were in November 2010, whereas North Carolina’s current rate is 0.2 percent above November 2010’s unemployment rate of 9.8 percent. The release of November’s unemployment numbers coincided with a Carolina Journal report suggesting that Governor Perdue’s press office had access to confidential

employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics before its scheduled release and could be in violation of federal law. As this article is written, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce is concerned that Perdue’s office broke security protocol and has requested that Governor Perdue provide documents and emails

Percent Unemployment Seasonally Adjusted

BY Susan Myrick

Profile for Civitas Institute

Civitas Capitol Connection January/February 2012  

Civitas Capitol Connection is the monthly newspaper of the Civitas Institute.

Civitas Capitol Connection January/February 2012  

Civitas Capitol Connection is the monthly newspaper of the Civitas Institute.

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