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February 24, 2006

North Carolina jobs in review

Data about North Carolina jobs in 2005 are in. How did we do? Economist Mike Walden says, "not bad."

"If you look from December of '04 through December '05, the state was up on net 100,000 -- that's 1.7, 1.8 percent of our job base," says Dr. Walden, a professor and extension specialist at N.C. State University.

"We, of course, had some sectors of our economy that added jobs, some that didn't," he says. "The biggest gainers were in areas like professional and business services, health and education services, and government -- although I should quickly say that a lot of those new government jobs are teaching jobs. Teachers are classified as government employees in North Carolina.

"The manufacturing sector: We still saw losses there. And also the tech sector is still struggling.

"But I think, all in all, 2005 is going to go down as a good job growth year for North Carolina."

Posted by deeshore at February 24, 2006 08:00 AM