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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Gerald Celente - Great interview on King World News - February 21, 2015

http://kingworldnews.com/gerald-celente-2-21-15/

Gerald Celente Audio Interview at King World News

Celente talks about the Greece situation and the precarious situation with the Euro. Propaganda by the U.S. Government is what backs the U.S. Economy. Central Planning (Central Banks) have kept the economy afloat. Near zero interest rates are only serving the interests of the upper .01% -- only serving the interests of the richest of the rich.

Hound Note: What we will see going forward is less cooperation between the U.S. and Europe and more cooperation between Europe and Russia... empowerment of the BRICS nations. This is going to put negative pressure on the Dollar. We currently have a trade war going on. The issues with the Euro and other currencies, related to political and social instabilities, have boosted the Dollar. U.S. economic policies have not solved the issues from 2008 and as the Global economy contracts, the G20 are going to make deals amongst themselves to deal with U.S. economic hegemony. All the U.S. has done is kick the can down the road and leading economic indicators show the real U.S. economy is contracting. As the G20, and mainly the emerging BRICS nations, continue to work out deals on natural resources and trade, the Dollar will begin to recede from its position as World Reserve Currency, because these countries recognize that support of the Dollar is support of adverse consequences to their own well being. The Dollar recedes in value, the U.S. realizes the post-Industrial reality, the U.S. is a net importer of goods... the net result is the U.S. will look more and more like a 3rd World nation.

You reap what you sow.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

John Williams - Shadowstats - Please Watch

John Williams is one of the Economists I follow. Please educate yourself about the current Economic Recovery.

Greg Hunter is the producer and creator of Greg Hunter's USAWatchdog.com and he interviews John Williams. This video is was released February 15, 2015.







John Williams, of ShadowStats.com, says the Fed has given a false sense of security but did not fix the problems that led to the last meltdown. Williams warns, “People say everything is fine again—nonsense. You had a panic in 2008. . . . The system was on the brink of collapse. The Fed and the federal government did everything in their power to prevent it. They pushed things into the future, but they didn’t do anything of substance to address the underlying problems.” So, are we going to have another panic? Williams says, “Yes, and that is the type of thing that can break at any time, and you just don’t have the options you had in 2008 for buying time into the future.” Williams adds, “The odds are high you are going to see the beginnings of hyperinflation this year.”

No City Council Meeting Tonight - February 17, 2015

Agenda for tonight -- February 17, 2015 -- will be carried over to March 3, 2015 - End of Message

Hickory Assistant City Manager Warren Wood leaving Hickory Inc.

Warren Wood leaving effective March 30, 2015 -- announcement at Hickory City Website:

Hickory’s Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, Warren Wood, accepts Town of Waxhaw’s Town Manager position - Hickory Inc. - February 17, 2015

HICKORY – The City of Hickory announced that the Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, Warren Wood, has accepted the Town Manager position with the Town of Waxhaw, NC.

After a competitive nationwide search, the Town of Waxhaw’s Town Board announced Wood as its selection for the position of Town Manager on Monday evening, February 16.

Wood has been with the City of Hickory for 22 years, and served in a variety of professional and management positions, most recently overseeing the City’s Administrative Services, Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, and has had primary responsibility for budget development and budget administration.

“Warren has been an instrumental part of our team for many years.  He is well respected by the City’s department heads and well liked in the community.  He has played a key role in developing the City’s budget during the recession and leaves us in great financial shape,” said Hickory City Manager Mick Berry.  “He is a good friend, and while we will miss his financial savvy and wit around the office, I wish him, Amy and their children all the best. Waxhaw is getting a good one.”

Wood is a native of Hickory. He began his career as Town Manager of Badin, North Carolina in 1991 before beginning work for the City of Hickory in 1993. In Hickory, he worked as Purchasing Agent, Human Resources Director, Director of Administration and Budget, and ultimately, Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer.

According to the Town of Waxhaw’s release, Warren Wood will manage the Town of Waxhaw’s organization, which comes at a time of tremendous population growth and development. He will be leading an outstanding staff to achieve the vision and goals put forth by the Waxhaw Town Board. The releases stated that Wood’s proven expertise in both fiscal and operational municipal management will be invaluable to the Town of Waxhaw as it continues to expand Town services to its increasing number of citizens, while keeping an important eye on the financial bottom line.

Wood will join the Town of Waxhaw on March 30, 2015.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Agenda about the City Council meeting of February 17, 2015

This Agenda is about the Hickory City Council meeting that took place on the date listed above. City council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each Month in the Council Chambers of the Julian Whitener building.

At right of this page under Main Information links is an Hickory's City Website link. If you click on that link, it takes you to our city’s website/ The City's website evolves over time, but currently towrds the top right there is a Link called Quick Links. Click that on and look for the Agenda's and Minutes link you need to click. Scroll down from there and this will show you a list of PDF files to upcoming and previous meetings.

Agendas show what is on the docket for the meeting of that date. The Minutes is an actual summary of the proceedings of the meeting of that date. You can also look in the upper right hand corner of the front page of the Hickory Hound and (will soon) find the link to the past history of Hickory City Newsletters.

Here is a summary of the agenda of the meeting. There were a couple of important items that were discussed at this meeting and the details are listed further below:

Please remember that pressing Ctrl and + will magnify the text and page and pressing Ctrl and - will make the text and page smaller. This will help the readability for those with smaller screens and/or eye difficulties.

pdf City Council Agenda - February 17, 2015

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Hound Notes: Not much here. On this night,  the formality Community Groups asking for funds for the upcoming fiscal year. Basically these request presentations are the same groups every year and the speeches are for the most part canned with the exception of the Downtown Development Association. They do a power point and go over their events of the past year and what to expect in the upcoming year, which is informative.

Then we get another Friends of Hickory Inc. presentation. This group seems to fit perfectly under the City's Umbrella. It's confusing to tell who is doing the work here. The eye test says that this Kiddie Park on the Square certainly seems to be a Hickory Inc. project.

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Invocation by Rabbi Dennis Jones, Temple Beth Shalom

Special Presentations
A. Presentation by Community Groups Requesting Appropriations from the City Council during the Next Fiscal Year Beginning July 1, 2015. - The Council will not take action tonight. Action will be taken when the Council considers the City’s annual budget in May or June. These presentations are made so Council Members can ask questions or make comments about the requests. Presenters will be allotted no more than five (5) minutes to make their presentations to Council.
Organization Presentation - By Amount Requested
Catawba County Economic Development Corporation - Scott Millar - $149,483.98
Catawba County Parenting Network - Susan Lee - $5,000
Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley - Mitzi Gellman - $19,088
Hickory-Conover Tourism Development Authority - Bruce Eckard - $20,000
Hickory Downtown Development Association - Darrell Rogers - $50,000
SALT Block Foundation - Lawrence Thompson - $100,000
United Arts Council of Catawba County - Alan Jackson - $40,065
Viewmont Business Association - Donna Price - $5,000
YMCA - Gerry Knox - $9,900

Consent Agenda:
A. Acceptance of a Sanitary Sewer Line Easement for the Property of Ronald Killian and wife Susan Killian for Installation of a Sanitary Sewer Line. - Staff requests acceptance of a 12.5 foot temporary and 25 foot permanent sanitary sewer line easement for the property of Ronald Steven Killian and wife, Susan T. Killian described as PIN 3723-07-59-6569 for installation of a sanitary sewer line. This temporary and permanent easement is necessary for completion of the Random Woods Subdivision Sanitary Sewer Project. This project was awarded to the City as a State Revolving Grant by NCDENR-DWQ in 2012 in the amount of 2.943 million dollars. The easement was negotiated for two 4-inch sanitary sewer connections in exchange for the easement. Staff recommends approval of the easement across the property of Ronald Killian and wife, Susan Killian.

B. Acceptance of a Sanitary Sewer Line Easement for the Property of Ross Bowman and wife, Paula Bowman for Installation of a Sanitary Sewer Line. - Staff requests acceptance of a 25 foot temporary and 25 foot permanent sanitary sewer line easement for the property of Ross Bowman and wife, Paula J. Bowman described as PIN 3723-07-59-5748 for installation of a sanitary sewer line. This temporary and permanent easement is necessary for completion of the Random Woods Subdivision Sanitary Sewer Project. This project was awarded to the City as a State Revolving Grant by NCDENR-DWQ in 2012 in the amount of 2.943 million dollars. The easement was negotiated for one 4-inch sanitary sewer connection and connection to the home by a plumber in exchange for the easement. Staff recommends approval of the easement across the property of Ross Bowman and wife, Paula J. Bowman.

C. Acceptance of a Sanitary Sewer Line Easement for the Property of Dorothy Elrod Huffman for Installation of a Sanitary Sewer Line. - Staff requests acceptance of a temporary and permanent sanitary sewer line easement for the property of Dorothy Elrod Huffman described as PIN 372307-59-3998. This temporary and permanent easement is necessary for completion of the Random Woods Subdivision Sanitary Sewer Project. This project was awarded to the City as a State Revolving Grant by NCDENR-DWQ in 2012 in the amount of 2.943 million dollars. The easement was negotiated for one 4-inch sanitary sewer connection and connection to the home by a plumber in exchange for the easement. Staff recommends approval of the easement across the property of Dorothy Elrod Huffman.

D. Acceptance of a Sanitary Sewer Line Easement for the Property of Steven Cook and wife, Lori Cook for Installation of a Sanitary Sewer Line. - Staff requests acceptance of a 25 foot temporary and 25 foot permanent sanitary sewerline easement for the property of Steven E. Cook and wife, Lori S. Cook described as PIN 3723-07-59-4698. This temporary and permanent easement is necessary for  completion of the Random Woods Subdivision Sanitary Sewer Project. This project was awarded to
the City as a State Revolving Grant by NCDENR-DWQ in 2012 in the amount of 2.943 million dollars. The easement was negotiated for one 4-inch sanitary sewer connection in exchange for the easement. Staff recommends approval of the easement across the property of Steven E. Cook and wife, Lori S. Cook.

E. Acceptance of a Sanitary Sewer Line Easement for the Property of Walter D. Scharer and wife, Jerelyn H. Scharer for Installation of a Sanitary Sewer Line. - Staff requests acceptance of a 12.5 foot temporary sanitary sewer line easement for the property of Walter D. Scharer and wife, Jerelyn H. Scharer described as PIN 3723-07-59-6817 for installation of a sanitary sewer line. This temporary and permanent easement is necessary for completion of the Random Woods Subdivision Sanitary Sewer Project. This project was awarded to the City as a State Revolving Grant by NCDENR-DWQ in 2012 in the amount of 2.943 million dollars. The easement was negotiated for one 4-inch sanitary sewer connection in exchange for the easement. Staff recommends approval of the easement across the property of Walter D. Scharer and wife, Jerelyn H. Scharer.

F. Acceptance of a Sanitary Sewer Line Easement for the Property of Steven R. Pendleton for Installation of a Sanitary Sewer Line. - Staff requests acceptance of a 12.5 foot temporary sanitary sewer line easement for the property of Steven R. Pendleton described as PIN 3723-07-59-6501 for installation of a sanitary sewer line. This temporary and permanent easement is necessary for completion of the Random Woods Subdivision Sanitary Sewer Project. This project was awarded to the City as a State Revolving Grant by NCDENR-DWQ in 2012 in the amount of 2.943 million dollars. The easement was negotiated for one 4-inch sanitary sewer connection in exchange for the easement. Staff recommends approval of the easement across the property of Steven R. Pendleton.

G. Approval of Statement of Work Agreement with Katalyst Network Group in the Amount of
$104,104.90. - The Hickory Police Department headquarters administrative telephone system in an
analog system that is approximately 18 years old, and is in need of replacement due to the fact that the system is no longer supported by the manufacturer. City Council approved at their January 6, 2015 and January 20, 2015 Council meetings, the purchase of the system from Katalyst Network Group. Hickory Police Department request Council’s approval of the Statement of Work Agreement from Katalyst Network Group. The Statement of Work Agreement meets the technical and installation specifications
requested by Hickory Police Department, and lists the payment invoice schedule. Hickory Police Department recommends entering into the Statement of Work Agreement with Katalyst Network Group in the amount of $104,104.90. Funds are budgeted in 2014/2015 CIP.

H. Approval of Sales Agreement and Statement of Work with Wireless Communications Inc. in the Amount of $117,373.91. - Hickory Police Department’s current 911 telephone system is approximately 18 years old and will not be supported by the manufacturer in 2015, and is in need of replacement. City Council approved, at their January 6, 2015 and January 20, 2015 City Council meetings, the purchase of needed equipment and installation of the E-911 system. Hickory Police Department requests City Council’s approval of the Statement of Work and Sales Agreement with Wireless Communications, Inc. which are consistent with the original quote for the work. Hickory Police Department recommends entering into the Sales Agreement and the Statement of Work with Wireless Communications, Inc. for the installation of the E-911 telephone system in the amount of $117,373.91. Funds arebudgeted in 2014/2015 CIP.

I. Approval of a Resolution Accepting an Offer of Dedication for a Portion of 4th Street Drive SW, as shown on Plat Book 74 at Page 119 Catawba County Registry. - The City has been presented with an offer of dedication for a portion of 4th Street Drive SW. In 2014 construction began on a new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at the southwest corner of the intersection of US Hwy 40 SW and 4th Street Drive SW. During the planning and design stages of the project City staff worked with the property developers to provide the dedication of additional street right-of-way adjacent to 4th Street Drive SW. The dedication of this portion of right-of-way will allow for the City to improve the current alignment of the southern intersection of US 70 SW and 4th Street Drive SW. When the property was platted, the developer provided an offer of public dedication for the portion of the right-of-way. Public use and maintenance of street right-of-way cannot occur unless City Council formally accepts the offer of public dedication by means of a duly executed Resolution. This requirement is outlined in the North Carolina General Statutes, as well as the City’s Land Development Code. Staff recommends City
Council’s approval of the Resolution accepting the offer of dedication for the portion of 4th Street Drive SW, as shown on Plat Book 74, Page 119 of the Catawba County Registry.

J. Approval to Purchase Equipment for Two New Fire Apparatus in the Amount of $153,540.32 -  On August 19, 2014, City Council approved the purchase of an engine and a ladder truck from the Smeal Fire Apparatus Company. These trucks require various equipment to be considered ready for service upon their arrival in the City. There are many minimum requirements for the needed equipment on these apparatus, which are set by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) and by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In addition to these minimum requirements, the Fire Department must provide additional equipment on these trucks to ensure consistent service delivery for the emergency response levels set by the Fire Department and the City of Hickory. The Fire Department Equipment Committee created a list that consisted of multiple items that cover the job functions of fire, rescue, and medical responses. A formal bid was sent out to multiple vendors of fire equipment. The Fire Department determined that there were three vendors that could provide the majority of combined equipment at each perspective lowest per unit cost.
Newton’s Fire and Safety Equipment: $46,343.38
Stevens Fire Equipment: $35,994.67
Municipal Emergency Services (MES) of the Carolinas: $71,202.27
The three contracts in bid #15-025 total: $153,540.32
The total capital appropriated for these project was $230,000. These bid contracts cover items not available on State contract. The Fire Department Staff recommends Council’s approval of award to the above vendors at these adjusted unit cost amounts.

K. Approval of Annual Auditing Contract with Martin Starnes & Associates in the Amount of $56,000. -  The City of Hickory has utilized the services of Martin Starnes & Associates for the past six years with excellent results. The North Carolina Local Government Commission (LGC) does not require formal bid for auditing services due to the professional relationship formed between auditors and clients over an extended work history. The Secretary of the Local Government Commission approves all local government contracts and invoices for audit or audit-related work. The LGC requires approval of the auditing contract on an annual basis. In 2013, the City of Hickory approved a three year renewal
contract with Martin Starnes & Associates. The annual renewal ending June 30, 2015 will be the third year of this contract. Staff requests approval to accept the renewal of the annual contract for auditing services with Martin Starnes & Associates for fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 in the amount of $56,000.

L. Request to Amend the Parking Ordinance for the Farmer’s Market to Include Last Year’s Ordinance #14-09, with a Time and Date Change. - Change the Farmer’s Market No Parking hours Wednesdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from April 18, 2015 through November 28, 2015
(excluding Saturday, October 10, 2015 which is Oktoberfest weekend) for the spaces south of Union Square on the north side of the parking lot road connecting the east and west parking lots as well as along the west parking lot to include the first three (3) angled parking spaces. Also, parking will be prohibited in the spaces south of Union Square along the north side of the parking lot road west of the pedestrian crosswalk as well as in the west parking lot to include the first three (3) angled parking once a month
on the third Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. from May 21, 2015 through November 19, 2015. Towing will be enforced.

M. Budget Ordinance Amendment Number 13.
1. To appropriate $2,982 of General Fund Balance (Funds reserved from the US Department of Justice) and budget in the Police Department Departmental Supplies line item. This amendment is necessary to purchase DARE shirts and awards for the schools. Funds are made available to the Police Department from the US Department of Justice and remain in General Fund Balance until appropriated.
2. To budget a $74,644 Library Donation from the Lydia Saunders Estate in the Library Books line item for the purchase of non-fiction and children’s books ($2,500). The remaining $72,144 is for purchases of items for the Astronomy section in the Library.
3. To transfer $538,250 from General Fund-Appropriated Fund Balance to the Sandy Ridge Intersection Project. The Federal Highway Administration approved this project for intersection improvements using Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds to reduce vehicular greenhouse emissions. This project is the intersection of 16th Street NE at 21st Avenue NE and 29th Avenue Drive NE. Federal funds are approved in the amount of $2,153,000 (80%) with a required local match of $538,250 (20%). This budget amendment allocates the 20% local match.
4. To transfer $4,705 from the Water and Sewer Fund-Sewer Lines to the Murray Basin Capital Project. This transfer is necessary to pay for the permit fees for this project.

N. Capital Project Ordinance Amendment Number 3.                                                   
1. To budget a $4,705 transfer from the Water and Sewer Fund-Sewer Lines in the Murray Basin Capital Project Design line item. This transfer provides funds to pay for permit fees.

O. Grant Project Ordinance Number 7.
1. To accept and budget a $538,250 transfer from the General Fund-Appropriated Fund Balance and to budget $2,153,000 of Federal funds in the Sandy Ridge Intersection Project. The Federal Highway Administration approved this project for intersection improvements using Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds to reduce vehicular greenhouse emissions. This project is the Intersection of 16th Street NE at 21st Avenue NE and 29th Avenue Drive NE. Federal funds are approved in the amount of  $2,153,000 (80%) with a required local match of $538,250 (20%). This budget amendment allocates the 20% local match.

Informational Item
A. Report of Mayor Wright’s travel to Metropolitan Mayors Meeting, Matthews Town Hall, January 30, 2015. (Mileage Reimbursement - $80.50)


New Business - Departmental Reports:
1. Approval of the Conceptual Site Plan for Friends of Hickory’s Proposed Downtown Park. - Friends of Hickory provided Staff the conceptual site plan for the proposed park to be located in a City owned parking lot adjacent to Community One Bank, at the intersection of 3rd Street NW, and Main Avenue NW. Also provided were the plans and specifications for the play equipment and safety surfacing that is being proposed for inclusion within the park. Staff has reviewed the plans and recommended changing the surface of the embankment slides from stainless steel to a plastic material due to the location of the slides not being located in a shaded area within the park. The conceptual plans were presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission on January 13, 2015. Parks and Recreation Commission, as well as Staff, recommends approval of the conceptual site plan as presented with the change of the surface of the embankment slides from stainless steel material to plastic material.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Newsletter about the City Council meeting of February 3, 2015

 I began video recording the City Council in 2012, because of my desire that the City do it on their own as any modern 21st century community began doing long ago. I had people tell me that they couldn't make it to the meetings, but they would like to see what is going on. I was also told by some council members that my summaries did not truly reflect the record, so having a video/audio recording cannot be misinterpreted.

So below is the City Council meeting. With each agenda item, you can click on the links and it will take you to that specific point in the meeting. You can always drag the marker on the video display to the point in the broadcast that you are interested in seeing.

Agenda about the City Council meeting of February 3, 2015


Hound notes: Once again a fairly short meeting. The main issue of the night was the naming of the Newly formed Bond Commission. You can also see Assistant City Manager Warren Woods Quarterly Financial Report for the second quarter of 2014-15.

Alderman Lail recused himself from voting on item A in the consent Agenda, because he was privately involved in the project. Kudos to Alderman Lail for proactively recusing himself here. We have been told in the past of Council people's obligation to vote. These items are going to pass any way, why allow for a perception of conflict. This is the right thing to do.

 



Invocation by Rev. Karla Woggon, Rector, Episcopal Church of the Ascension

Consent Agenda:

Alderman Lail moved to have Item A removed from the Consent Agenda for his recusal.

A. Approval of a Resolution for Acceptance of an Offer of Dedication of Street Right-of-Way, being a Portion of 17th Street Drive SE. - In 2014 construction began on a commercial development north of US 70 SE adjacent to the Hickory Metro Convention Center. This development consisted of four new parcels of property, as well as a new roadway to provide access. Currently one of the parcels has been developed, and is home to the new Hilton Garden Inn hotel. The City has been presented with an offer of dedication for a portion of 17th Street Drive SE, which is shown as a 50 foot right-of-way on a Plat recorded in Book 73, at Pages 59 and 60, of the Catawba County Registry. The roadway was constructed and inspected by the City’s Public Services Department to ensure the roadway was constructed to proper specifications. Staff recommends approval of the Resolution accepting the offer of dedication for the segment of 17th Street Drive SE, as shown on Plat Book 73, Pages 59 and 60 of the Catawba County Registry.

City Manager Berry asked that Item f be removed for discussion. For clarification, the time that Oktoberfest will alcohol will atop being served at 10:30pm and the event will end at 11pm on Friday and saturday. In the Agenda packet
F. Special Events Activities Application for Hickory Oktoberfest 2015, Connie Kincaid, Executive Director, Hickory Downtown Development Association, Friday, October 9, 2015 through Sunday, October 11, 2015. Set up will begin 6:00 a.m. on October 9th, and clean-up ends at 11:00 p.m. on October 11th. Event time: October 9, 12:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., October 10, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and October 11, 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Event location: Blocks with boundaries of 3rd Street NW (W), Government Avenue SW (S), 2nd Avenue NW (N), and Center Street (E). Alcohol sales should cease at 10:30 p.m. on October 9th and 10th.

New Business - Departmental Reports:
1. Approval of a Municipal Agreement between the City of Hickory and North Carolina Department of Transportation for Intersection Improvements for Sandy Ridge Road. Chuck Hanson Presentation. Congestion, Mitigation, and air Quality money (Federal dollars). This is a traffic congestion issue. There would be 4 12-foot lanes. No turn lane. Sidewalks on both sides.


Alderman Guess asks about the utilities being placed underground.
Alderman Lail asks about bike lanes for this section of road.


2. Consideration of the Request to Amend the Vacant Building Grant Agreement from Shuford Mills, LLC. -(Dave Leonetti presentation) - Extension granted.

3. Quarterly Finance Report  - Warren painted a picture that things are better than they have been since the recession began.

4. Bond Commission 
Hickory City Council Bond Commission Appointees

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Catawba County Labor Force below the 70,000 person critical point

70,000 people in the Civilian Labor Force is the critical point that I have talked about in the past. We fell below that mark in December for the first time since these statistics become publicly available in January 1990. In January 1990, the Labor Force in Catawba County stood at 70,308 people. Today, the numbers released show the Labor Force is down to 69,241 people. The Labor Force has fallen by nearly 3,000 people since January 2014. At the same time we are being sold a bill of goods that the unemployment rate is 5.4%, down 2% since August 2014. So they are telling us that unemployment is down 2%, when we haven't seen any influx of industry in these past 4 months.

Economic Research - Federal Reserve St. Louis - Catawba County, NC

By the numbers, we have 65,502 people employed in Catawba County. In March 2012, there were 65,221 people employed in Catawba County and the unemployment rate was said to be 10.9%. So the unemployment rate has been cut in half and yet we basically have the same number of people employed. Does that make sense?

I believe that we will be seeing soon that we are once again losing population in the area.

Unemployment Spreadsheet for February 2015 - latest data from December 2014

Article below by Gallup that is relevant to this issue:

The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment - Gallup - Jim Clifton - February 3, 2015