North Carolina Has One of the Lowest Unemployment Rates In the Country

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May State Jobs Report: North Carolina Has One of the Lowest Unemployment Rates In the Country

The U.S. Bureau of Statistics today released the State Employment and Unemployment report for May, showing that North Carolina has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country at 4.8 percent. The national unemployment rate is 5.8 percent. 

The report also found that over the course of the last year, North Carolina’s unemployment rate has decreased from 13.5 percent in May of 2020 to 4.8 percent in May of 2021, an 8.7 percent drop. The state’s unemployment rate continues to decline, dropping from 5.0 percent in April of 2021 to 4.8 percent in May of 2021. 

“North Carolina’s economic growth is up, unemployment is down, and our state’s economy is bouncing back from the pandemic thanks to President Biden’s leadership after only six months in office. This is a direct result of the President’s American Rescue Plan, which Senators Richard Burr, Thom Tillis and the rest of the Republican delegation from North Carolina voted against. One thing is for certain: President Joe Biden, Governor Roy Cooper and Democrats are helping our state get back on track,” said NCDP Spokesperson Ellie Dougherty

The average number of new unemployment claims have halved since the President Biden was sworn in. Projections from the Fed, to the World Bank and OECD all forecast America reaching record levels of growth in 2021. 

This economic recovery is a direct result of the President’s American Rescue Plan, which has: 

  • Vaccinated North Carolinians and Americans across the country to get the pandemic under control. 
  • Provided economic relief checks to North Carolinians and Americans who need it. 
    Supported small businesses. 
  • Launched an historic expansion of the Child Tax Credit, which will lift 137,000 North Carolina children out of poverty. 

The Huffington Post also reported today that no thanks to a single Republican, the American Rescue Plan has boosted personal incomes across the country. Some of the biggest gains came in states whose Republican senators opposed the popular coronavirus relief packages.

Click here to read the HuffPost article.

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