Monday numbers

Monday numbers

- in Fitzsimon File

9.9—unemployment rate in North Carolina in June 2011 (“State Unemployment Rate at 9.9 Percent in June,” Employment Security Commission of North Carolina, July 22, 2011)

9.7—unemployment rate in North Carolina in May 2011 (Ibid)

12—number of months since the unemployment rate in North Carolina had increased from month to month (Ibid)

9,516—increase in total number of unemployed workers from May to June 2011 (Ibid)

7,600—number of state government workers who lost their jobs in June 2011 (Ibid)

10,200—total number of government workers who lost their jobs lost in June 2011 (Ibid)

3—number of days since N.C. Republican Party Chair Robin Hayes said that he hopes the number of government employees losing their jobs continues to increase (NC jobless rate up in June, well above US mark, Associated Press, July 25, 2011)

40—number of days since General Assembly gave final approval to state budget that House Speaker Thom Tillis would create thousands of jobs (N.C. General Assembly, House Bill 200, Appropriations Act of 2011)

28,900—increase in the number of private sector jobs in the last 12 months (“State Unemployment Rate at 9.9 Percent in June,” Employment Security Commission of North Carolina, July 22, 2011)

31,600—number of government jobs lost in North Carolina in the last 12 months (Ibid)

3,000—number of workers laid off in local schools districts in nearly two dozen counties in June (NC jobless rate up in June, well above US mark, Associated Press, July 25, 2011)

137—number of teacher assistants laid off by Cumberland County Schools (“Cumberland schools cut teaching assistants, central office managers,” Fayetteville Observer, Wednesday, July 20, 2011)

0—number of teachers and teacher assistants that House Speaker Thom Tillis claims that the budget passed by the General Assembly laid off (Judge opens hearing on budget cuts, N.C. schools, Thursday, Associated Press, Thursday June 23, 2011)