Jobless rate falls
The Johnston County jobless rate fell to 5.4 percent in September from 6.2 percent in August, according to the N.C. Employment Security Commission.
In September, when the county’s labor force stood at 83,849, the number of jobless Johnstonians was 4,560. The statewide jobless rate was 6.1.
Here are the September jobless rates in counties surrounding Johnston: Harnett, 6.9 percent; Nash, 8 percent; Sampson, 5.7 percent; Wake, 4.9 percent; Wayne, 6.5 percent; and Wilson, 8.7 percent.
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Visitors Bureau wins awards
The Johnston County Visitors Bureau won four marketing awards at the N.C. Tourism Leadership Conference. The bureau won gold for the 301 Endless Yard Sale, gold for the Johnston County Visitors Guide, platinum for the Beer, Whine and Shine Trail brochure and platinum for its Our State Magazine campaign.
Johnston County E911 Communications has earned re-accreditation from the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch. Johnston 911 is just one of three emergency dispatch centers in the world to hold accreditation in medical, fire and police protocols.
Jason Barbour, the agency’s director, said the distinction took several months to achieve, with plenty of hands pitching in to support the accomplishment.
“I am very proud of our staff for the hard work they put forth to make sure that we are helping the citizens of Johnston County to the best of our ability when they call 9-1-1,” Barbour said. “It is truly an honor to be the first 9-1-1 center in North Carolina to become accredited and re-accredited in all three protocols.”
Because of Veterans Day, the Town of Smithfield has moved its Nov 11 garbage collection to Wednesday, Nov. 12.