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Latest Previous Previous % change from month month year last year EMPLOYMENT Employed (000s) 4,171.7 4,172.6 4,079.2 2.3 Civilian labor force 4,374.0 4,362.1 4,300.4 1.7 Manufacturing 558.5 559.4 568.6 (1.8) Service 3,121.0 3,102.3 3,053.6 2.2 Government 687.3 680.6 672.5 2.2 Unemployed 202.3 189.4 221.2 (8.5) Avg. manufacturing workweek 39.3 39.8 39.9 (1.5) (hours) Avg. hourly production wage $14.52 $14.45 $14.26 1.8 Source: Employment Security Commission, February. County rates are not seasonally adjusted. Latest Previous Previous month month year* TAXABLE RETAIL SALES (1) ($000s) Asheville 156,845.5 202,904.4 253,736.1 Cary 85,077.3 104,445.1 161,323.7 Charlotte 749,914.1 995,944.1 1,197,458.3 Durham 237,965.7 292,389.2 376,084.1 Fayetteville 134,610.3 177,533.4 259,039.8 Greensboro 316,794.4 388,837.6 526,405.6 Greenville 70,321.3 95,006.4 145,681.7 Hickory 87,348.9 114,824.5 162,179.3 High Point 60,763.6 84,783.3 147,777.0 Raleigh 430,701.2 574,323.4 666,181.2 Wilmington 149,601.6 198,319.1 249,047.6 Winston-Salem 225,967.0 258,777.9 387,616.8 *includes nontaxable sales; the state began excluding those sales from its statistics in July 2005. % change Latest Previous Previous from last month month year year AIR PASSENGER BOARDINGS (2) Asheville 16,966 18,209 18,874 (10.1) Charlotte* 1,052,725 1,026,334 1,025,615 2.6 Fayetteville 10,221 11,059 11,561 (11.6) Greensboro 76,284 77,303 96,505 (21.0) Greenville 3,257 3,109 3,900 (16.5) Jacksonville 6,060 5,005 7,894 (23.2) Kinston 1,704 2,058 229 644.1 New Bern 6,014 6,261 6,786 (11.4) Raleigh/Durham 315,401 322,777 308,430 2.3 Wilmington 20,181 21,278 23,720 (14.9) ELECTRIC UTILITIES (3) Dominion Residential customers 99,135 99,044 97,743 1.4 Commercial/industrial 17,716 17,736 17,617 0.6 customers Usage (millions of 315.0 400.0 346.1 (9.0) kilowatt-hours) Duke Power Residential customers 1,435,032 1,432,066 1,407,396 2.0...

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