U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) commented today on the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Labor and Economic Analysis Division report that the state's unemployment rate decreased to 9.7 percent in March, down from a revised February rate of 9.9 percent:
"Today's jobs announcement shows that our economy continues to move in the right direction, but we must continue working to put the hundreds of thousands of unemployed North Carolinians back to work. Jobs is my number-one priority, and I continue my 'North Carolina Back to Work Jobs Tour' to focus on action and ideas that will create jobs in our state.
"One way to get people back on the job is through small businesses. I recently announced legislation that will help small businesses grow by simplifying the application process when seeking federal assistance. Small businesses are powerful economic engines that employ almost half of North Carolina's private sector workforce, and we must ensure that we're helping them thrive. I will continue working to move our economy forward and supporting legislation that will put North Carolinians back to work."
Senator Hagan invites anyone looking for a job and all businesses interested in recruiting new employees to her North Carolina Back to Work Job Fair at the Nash Community College Business and Industry Center on April 30th from 9 am until noon. The job fair is free to employers and job seekers. Businesses and employers large and small with open positions are strongly encouraged to participate. For employer questions or to register, please call Senator Hagan's office toll free at 1-877-852-9462 or register online at www.nashcc.edu/jobsfair.