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Editor’s Notes: Glass-half-full view ignores challenges in N.C. economy (access required)

When May unemployment figures for the state’s counties were released June 25, Lynn Holmes, chairwoman of the state’s Employment Security Commission, gave a glass-half-full analysis. “A majority of North Carolina’s counties experienced a decline in their unemployment rates,” she said in a press release announcing that unemployment fell in 86 of the state’s 100 counties. “Some counties benefited from seasonal hiring, which is typical this time of the year. We continued to experience industry growth within our metropolitan statistical areas. In May, 11 of the state’s 14 metros had an increase in job growth.” To be sure, it’s a huge number of counties to experience a drop in unemployment, and it’s also worth noting that unemployment declined in 10 of the state’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas. But it’s still a tough economy in North Carolina, and, unfortunately, just as the numbers can be spun into a rosy light, it’s not hard to see things from a glass-half-empty perspective.

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