Dr. Andrew Brod, senior research fellow in the UNCG Center for Business and Economic Research, was interviewed by the News & Record regarding unemployment and the economy.

According to state figures, the unemployment rate in the Greensboro-High Point area decreased in June to 9.7 percent, compared with 10.4 percent in June 2012. However, the 0.7 percentage points is only a moderate improvement in the employment picture and not a dramatic step toward full recovery, said Brod.

“Given how weak this recovery is, that’s great, but it’s sort of damning with faint praise,” he said.

Since the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division reported that businesses added 5,600 jobs in the leisure and hospitality industries and in the trade, transportation and utilities industries, Brod says that hiring in these areas is now up.

“It’s moderate, continued recovery,” Brod said.

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