North Carolina's unemployment situation looks grim. Our rate is the highest it has been since 1983 with manufacturing and construction taking the biggest hits. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to those who have lost their jobs.
Just this morning, 300 employees lost their jobs at the Dell plant in Forsyth County.
"I was going in as on a normal morning -- next thing I know, I look up and they come and walk me to the office and say I am no longer employed at Dell," an employee who would only identify himself as Keith said. "I was shocked, but I kind of felt it coming. There has been a whole lot of speculation. There was a bunch of rumors, but it eventually happened."
Hundreds of millions of dollars in tax liabilities were written off for Dell Computers with only about 10% being tied to their ability to employ 1700 workers - a number Dell never reached at the plant before layoffs started.
I know we need to attract businesses, but maybe next time we can skip the whole bending over and grabbing our ankles part.