Monday numbers

Monday numbers

unemployment4003—number of days since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the unemployment rate in North Carolina fell to 4.7 percent in July (Unemployment rate for states, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

3—number of days since the Office of Governor Pat McCrory issued a news release claiming McCrory’s policies were responsible for the decline in the unemployment rate in North Carolina (News Release, Office of Gov. Pat McCrory, August 19, 2016)

4.9—national unemployment rate in July (“The Unemployment Situation—July 2016, Bureau of Labor Statistics, August 5, 2016)

4.7—unemployment rate in North Carolina in July (Unemployment rate for states, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

4.6—average unemployment rate in the South Atlantic Region that includes North Carolina, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia (Ibid)

3.7—unemployment rate in Virginia in July (Ibid)

225,000—number of North Carolinians still looking for working in July (“North Carolina Still Not Seeing People Get Back Into the Labor Market, N.C. Budget & Tax Center, August 2016)

61—percentage of North Carolinians either employed or looking for work in July (Ibid)

61—percentage of North Carolinians that were either employed or looking for work in July of 2013 (Ibid)

65—minimum percentage of North Carolinians that were either employed or looking for work from 2000 until the onset of the Great Recession (Ibid)

80—amount in dollars that the average weekly paycheck in North Carolina is below the national average (Ibid)

120,000—number of North Carolinians who are paid the minimum wage or less (“Prosperity Watch Issue 64, No. 2: More than 120,000 North Carolinians are paid minimum wage or less,” N.C. Budget & Tax Center, August 15, 2016)

46—rank of North Carolina among the 50 states with the lowest percentage of workers who earned the federal minimum wage or less in 2015 (Ibid)