The unemployment rate in North Carolina before Governor McCrory and Lt. Forest came in to Raleigh was high. There was 9.4% unemployment rate according to U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. Another state democratically controlled with high unemployment rates in 2012 was Illinois with 8.6 % . Florida however with a Republican Governor only had an 8% unemployment rate last year in 2012.
Ohio's unemployment rate was even lower than North Carolina's statistics last year. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor they explain how they come up with the statistics for the unemployment rate. Check it out :
" Where do the statistics come from?
Early each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor announces the total number of employed and unemployed persons in the United States for the previous month, along with many characteristics of such persons. These figures, particularly the unemployment rate—which tells you the percent of the labor force that is unemployed—receive wide coverage in the media.
Some people think that to get these figures on unemployment, the Government uses the number of persons filing claims for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits under State or Federal Government programs. But some people are still jobless when their benefits run out, and many more are not eligible at all or delay or never apply for benefits. So, quite clearly, UI information cannot be used as a source for complete information on the number of unemployed.
Other people think that the Government counts every unemployed person each month. To do this, every home in the country would have to be contacted—just as in the population census every 10 years. This procedure would cost way too much and take far too long. Besides, people would soon grow tired of having a census taker come to their homes every month, year after year, to ask about job-related activities.
Because unemployment insurance records relate only to persons who have applied for such benefits, and since it is impractical to actually count every unemployed person each month, the Government conducts a monthly sample survey called the Current Population Survey (CPS) to measure the extent of unemployment in the country. The CPS has been conducted in the United States every month since 1940, when it began as a Work Projects Administration project. It has been expanded and modified several times since then. For instance, beginning in 1994, the CPS estimates reflect the results of a major redesign of the survey. (For more information on the CPS redesign, see Chapter 1, "Labor Force Data Derived from the Current Population Survey," in the BLS Handbook of Methods.)
There are about 60,000 households in the sample for this survey. This translates into approximately 110,000 individuals, a large sample compared to public opinion surveys which usually cover fewer than 2,000 people. The CPS sample is selected so as to be representative of the entire population of the United States"
Therefore let's see if the numbers change in 2013 in Raleigh and in North Carolina. With Met Life and other companies bringing jobs to North Carolina. What policies can make North Carolina a more job creating state? Why did Florida have only an 8% unemployment rate in 2012.
Florida was being controlled by a Republican agenda and North Carolina in 2012 was with a Democratic controlled agenda in Raleigh with Governor Perdue. Will the different parties approach to running government make an impact on the unemployment rate by the end of 2013?
Check out the statistics on Unemployment in 2012: