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5/28/2020 7:32:00 PM
Double Digit Unemployment in NC, US

Seasonally Adjusted North Carolina Unemployment Rates Since April 2019

Apr 2019     4.1
May 2019    4.0
June 2019   4.0
July 2019    3.9
Aug 2019    3.8
Sep 2019    3.7
Oct 2019     3.7
Nov 2019    3.6
Dec 2019    3.6
Jan 2020     3.6
Feb 2020     3.6
Mar 2020     4.3
Apr 2020    12.2

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the economy.  Businesses are still struggling after reopening and a few remain closed.  The pandemic has put many out of work.  North Carolina's seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 12.2 percent, increasing 7.9 percentage points from March’s rate. The national rate increased 10.3 percentage points to 14.7 percent.

The state’s April 2020 unemployment rate increased 8.1 percentage points from a year ago. The number of people employed decreased 643,157 over the month to 4,112,383 and decreased 744,300 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 357,418 over the month to 573,118 and increased 367,922 over the year. 

While county-by-county rates won't be released until next Wednesday (June 3rd), Lincoln County had 4241 new unemployment claims in April and 4878 continued claims.  That compares to 2980 new claims in March and 1154 continued claims.

Gaston County had 12, 124 new claims in April; 13,713 continued claims. 

Catawba County had 11,846 new claims and 13,764 continued claims.

Cleveland County had 4796 new claims and 5436 continued claims.

The state had 494,728 new claims in April.                                                                            

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A coalition of more than two dozen media outlets filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking the release of a list of records related to COVID-19 that the state has so far refused to provide.  Among them is greater detail about the persons who have died from the disease--names omitted.

The North Carolina Bar and Tavern Association, representing more than 80 bar owners, plans to file a lawsuit against Cooper's office Friday. They want to reopen.  

Both the NC House and Senate voted  Thursday to let bars serve customers outdoors.

“We’re six days into Phase 2 and on a day when we’re seeing some of our highest numbers of hospitalizations and death, they want to open bars,"  Cooper said. "These decisions are difficult, but they are made with daily briefings from doctors and healthcare experts.” The governor said his decision shuttering bars until at least late June is based on data and science. 

North Carolina's death toll from COVID-19 increased to 827 Thursday.  Hospitalizations with the disease were again over 700.  Nationally, 103,320 deaths have been attributed to the disease.

Catawba County reported a 6th COVID-19 death Thursday bringing the total there to 6.  13 new cases brought the county's number of active cases to 109.

Lincoln & Gaston counties won't release new COVID-19 figures until Friday afternoon.  

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