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Dale Folwell Resigns Position As Head Of Division of Employment Security PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 November 2015 08:41

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Dale Folwell is leaving the Division of Employment Security effective Dec. 1. He has held the job since March 2013.

Folwell has overseen the state's payback of $2.5 billion owed to the federal government for money borrowed to pay unemployment benefits during the previous administration.

The system now has a $1 billion surplus and growing.

“Dale’s leadership of one of Commerce’s largest and most important divisions resulted in improved customer service, the adoption of new technologies, streamlined operations and an estimated collective savings for North Carolina employers of more than $600 million in federal and state taxes over the next year,” said Commerce Secretary John Skvarla in a statement.

Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary Ted Brinn will serve as interim assistant secretary.

Folwell is a former state legislator who represented Forsyth County. There is speculation that he will run for State Treasurer. Democrat Janet Cowell has announced she will not seek re-election.

Gov. McCrory To File Amicus Brief To Oppose Transgendered Student Use Of Opposite-Sex School Bathrooms PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 November 2015 07:38

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gov. Pat McCrory announced Tuesday that he will file an amicus brief to oppose the Obama administration's desire to force a Virginia school to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite biological sex.

The move comes after Attorney General Roy Cooper refused to weigh in on G. G. v. Gloucester County School Board.

Cooper's campaign for governor accused McCrory of being a bully. "Adolescence is hard enough without being bullied by an elected official. Next week, who knows who'll be the target of a governor whose only path to re-election is dividing North Carolina," said campaign spokesman Jamal Little on Twitter.

North Carolina is in the Fourth District, so if the Court of Appeals sides with the Obama administration in forcing the Virginia school to open opposite-sex bathrooms, the decision would be binding on North Carolina.

“North Carolina parents deserve certainty about who is entering their children’s bathrooms and locker rooms at our public schools and students must be confident that their privacy and well-being will be respected,” the governor said in a statement. "Transgender identity is a complex issue and is best handled with reason and compassion at the local level, instead of mandates being forced on the people by Washington and the Obama Administration.”

State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes Takes Job In Private Sector PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 November 2015 06:28

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Chris Estes is leaving his job as North Carolina's State Chief Information Officer. His last day is Nov. 29.

The governor's office says Estes will return to the firm he worked for more in 2000, PwC Consulting.

“Not only has he saved the taxpayers millions of dollars," said Gov. Pat McCrory in a statement, "the customer-first attitude he brought from his private sector experience has made it easier for individual citizens and small business owners to interact and do business with state government.”

Deputy State Chief Information Officer Keith Werner will step in to the job as acting CIO.

The Department of Information Technology has just become a Cabinet-level agency, at the governor's request and with approval by the General Assembly.

The governor often cites the state's uncoordinated IT systems as a key impediment to efficiency and a key challenge he faced when taking office.

Estes established the iCenter, a try-it-before-you-buy-it operation that tests IT related items before committing the state to purchasing them. It has received three national awards.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 06:36
State's Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate Drops To 5.7 Percent PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 November 2015 06:41

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Commerce Department data shows that North Carolina’s seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate was 5.7 percent. That's dowon 0.1 percent from September.

The rate is the same as it was last October.

Other date:

-- number of people employed increased 10,871 over the month to 4,488,328

-- number of poeple employed increased 124,146 over the year.

-- number of people unemployed decreased 2,042 over the month to 273,645

-- number of people unemployed increased 11,591 over the year

Full data and charts can be found at nccommerce.com.


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