(Greensboro News-Record) A new jobs report last week showed that the number of people employed in Greensboro has grown by more than 3,200 since before the financial crisis of 2008.
Some people said the report needs a prominent footnote.
The city annexed roughly 10,000 people in 2008.
That likely brought thousands more employed people into the city limits and, skeptics said, artificially pumped employment growth during the depths of the recession.
The group that released the figures, the Greensboro Partnership, said the annexation doesn’t hurt its case at all. Most of the growth happened after the annexation, showing a positive trend, the group said.
Figures from the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Employment Security Division back up that growth over the past four years.
But they also show that in one of the worst months for unemployment — January 2010 — the number of employed people in Greensboro jumped dramatically, up by 6,740 from December 2009.
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