Jobless rate climbs slightly
Johnston County’s jobless rate climbed to 8 percent in June from 7.9 percent in May, according to the N.C. Employment Security Commission.
In June, when the county’s labor force stood at 82,150, the number of jobless Johnstonians was 6,606. Statewide, the June jobless rate was 9.3 percent.
Here are the June jobless rates in counties surrounding Johnston: Harnett, 10.5 percent; Nash, 12.6 percent; Sampson, 8.2 percent; Wake, 7.4 percent; Wayne, 9.2 percent; and Wilson, 13.1 percent.
Bond issues on county agenda
The Johnston County Board of Commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at the courthouse in Smithfield. Commissioners will call for referendums on borrowing for the public school and community college. Also four fire departments – Cleveland, Corinth-Holders, Kenly and Pine Level – will ask for tax-exempt loan status.
County refinances debt
The Johnston County Board of Commissioners has refinanced $26.94 million in debt, including $25.29 million in general obligation bonds issued by the county’s nine water districts. The refinancing will save the county $4.8 million.
Clayton Council to meet Monday
The Clayton Town Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, in the council chambers in the Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. The council will hold a number of public hearings, including a rezoning request for the Clayton Spinning Mill property at 150 Mill St. The owners are requesting a business zoning.
County to discuss solid waste
The Solid Waste Committee of the Johnston County Board of Commissioners will meet at noon Tuesday, Aug. 6, in the conference room at the Land Use Center, 309 E. Market St., Smithfield. Johnston commissioners have been debating how to make the county’s landfill and convenience centers more self-supporting financially.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has honored the Rotary Club of Central Johnston County for 25 years of service in the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program.
The group will receive stickers to place on its Adopt-A-Highway sign, a letter of recognition, a plaque of appreciation and orange safety vests with the 25-year Adopt-A-Highway insignia.