The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) Rob Christensen column
|By Rob Christensen, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)|
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The question was posed by
McCrory, of course, demurred, saying he was focused on
Before we get too far down the road of the McCrory presidential boomlet, we should perhaps take a closer look at the claims.
Varney noted that
McCrory touts the sweeping reforms in
The cuts lowered the maximum benefit checks from
Labor force declining
The number of
McCrory thinks it's the latter.
"People are taking jobs that are being offered, whereas in the past, employers were telling us people were not taking, especially, entry-level jobs because they were waiting for the unemployment to be extended," McCrory told Varney.
Conway said the evidence suggests that the sharp drop in the unemployment rate is being driven, in part, by people no longer looking for work, and therefore no longer counted as among the unemployed. Only those who apply for unemployment insurance are counted in the unemployment rate, Conway said.
No better than neighbors
It had declined from 11.1 percent to 8.8 percent by the time McCrory took office as governor in
Even if the drop in the unemployment rate was real -- that is people who were formerly unemployed are now holding down jobs --
I looked at what was happening during the same period in three states, in part because the
If the unemployment law changes were spurring people to go back to work, you would expect a major difference between
So before we move from Mayor Pat to
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