NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Two years and counting, the Cape Fear Region continues to tout a poor performance when it comes to job growth.
The Wilmington Metropolitan Service Area (MSA) has not reached the national monthly average for job growth since September 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
As of September 2012, it was one of 29 other MSA across the country to have such low numbers. More than half of those areas have since broken the trend, but Wilmington remains below average.
The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce tracks these stats to compare with other MSAs around the country, according to Executive Director Connie Majure-Rhett. She said the September report grabbed her attention and now she's monitoring it every month.
"Sadly, we found out we're not doing so well," she said.
The BLS compares employment numbers of one month to the same month the previous year. For example, Wilmington jobs jumped from 134,800 in 2011 to 135,500 in 2012. The half a percent increase falls short of the 1.4% national average.
Majure-Rhett said it's difficult to point out any one cause for the results, but she does not see enough emerging business to pick up the slack.
"As we've lost jobs, we're not gaining jobs either," said Majure-Rhett. "That's our focus now. We need to make sure our community is business-friendly and we're doing the things to attract every possible job we can."
Woody White, Chairman of New Hanover County Board of Commissioners, said Tuesday that local leaders are aware of the need for jobs. He would not elaborate, but White mentioned a cooperative effort with Wilmington City Council to form a unified approach to attracting businesses to the area.
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