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Notable Numbers: NC jobs, Presidential candidate satisfaction

Former President Bill Clinton
Former President Bill Clinton AP

Statistics from the past week that deserve a doubletake

803 Number in dollars of average weekly pay in North Carolina. (U.S. average $880)

175,000 The number of people in North Carolina who had given up looking for work or were underemployed in 2007

350,000 The number of people who had given up in 2011

250,000 The number of discouraged and underemployed workers earlier this year

138,000 The number of jobs in the highest-paying bracket of the professional and business services category added in North Carolina since February 2010

114,000 The number of jobs added in the lowest-paying category: retail and transportation jobs

82,000 The number of restaurant and hospitality jobs added

4.9 North Carolina’s jobless rate for June, the first time it fell below 5 percent since September 2007

5.8 The jobless rate in June 2015

40 The percent of registered voters who were very/fairly satisfied with Republican candidate George H.W. Bush in 1992

33 The percent satisfied with Democratic candidate Bill Clinton in 1992

53 The percent of registered voters who were very/fairly satisfied with Democratic candidate Bill Clinton in 1996

44 The percent satisfied with Republican candidate Bob Dole in 1996

69 The percent of registered voters who were very/fairly satisfied with Republican candidate George W. Bush in 2000

64 The percent satisfied with Democratic candidate Al Gore in 2000

72 The percent of registered voters who were very/fairly satisfied with Republican candidate George W. Bush in 2004

61 The percent satisfied with Democratic candidate John Kerry in 2004

72 The percent of registered voters who were very/fairly satisfied with Democratic candidate Barack Obama in 2008

47 The percent satisfied with Republican candidate John McCain in 2008

64 The percent of registered voters who were very/fairly satisfied with Democratic candidate Barack Obama in 2012

52 The percent satisfied with Republican candidate Mitt Romney in 2012

43 The percent of registered voters who were very/fairly satisfied with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016

40 The percent satisfied with Republican candidate Donald Trump in 2016

34 Percent of Republicans who attend church at least once a week who supported Donald Trump in April

87 Percent who supported Trump in June

Sources: 2016 Campaign: Strong Interest, Widespread Dissatisfaction

Churchgoing Republicans, once skeptical of Trump, now support him

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