Randy Green, right, and Nick Jones perform an oil and water leak test on a Gryphon engine in October 2009 at Cummins Rocky Mount Engine plant.
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Randy Green, right, and Nick Jones perform an oil and water leak test on a Gryphon engine in October 2009 at Cummins Rocky Mount Engine plant.

Rocky Mount named among top 10 cities for job growth

By Darla Slipke

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Rocky Mount recently was included on a list of cities that added the most jobs between October 2011 and October 2012.

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Article

If you are connected to the City of Rocky Mount, Chamber of Commerce, or a major business then you are aware of the economic challenges this area has experienced for years. The comment section is for readers etc. to express their views on various articles and subjects. It is positive news that Rocky Mount placed 4th on the economic growth list. However, the article also mentions that appearing on this list does not mean Rocky Mount is an attractive place to find a job. The article points out that Rocky Mount's unemployment rate is over 11%. Also, the area has experienced economic challenges or words to that affect. Some major employers in Rocky Mount have either hired or announced plans to hire workers over the past year. Perhaps this news makes it easier to appear on an economic growth list when prior years have been lackluster at best.

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I always have to laugh when someone says disparaging things about Rocky Mount and then complains we need to identify and address issues. If you are AT ALL connected to the efforts in Rocky Mount that the Gateway Partnership, Chamber of Commerce, City of Rocky Mount, Nash County and our major businesses are involved in, you would realize these efforts have been underway for some time. That's why you've seen an improvement. Nobody's "swept anything under the rug" - we see negative information all the time. Instead of making complaints and disparaging the city, direct efforts to doing something about it, with the people that are already working hard on it.

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http://www.bestplaces.net/city/north_carolina/rocky_mount

Best Places list

Hello, Thank you for posting the link. However, that study is based on FBI numbers from 2002. That's more than 10 years old now. The details of where the numbers come from are on this page: http://www.bestplaces.net/docs/studies/crime2.aspx Thank you for reading.

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The article is not entirely positive regarding Rocky Mount, NC. Rocky Mount was ranked 4th on the list for job growth over the past year. However, the article also mentions that appearing on this list does not mean Rocky Mount is an attractive/good place to find a job. The article points out that Rocky Mount's unemployment rate is over 11% and the area is/has faced economic challenges or words to that affect.

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The Forbes list of impoverished cities was published in 2009. You can search the Telegram archives to find stories about it, along with local business recruitment reactions to the report. Which most dangerous cities list are you referring to? The FBI released its crime numbers, which show a Rocky Mount with a population of 58,206 and a total of 569 violent crimes for 2011. The Rocky Mount metropolitan statistical area (which includes the Twin Counties) shows a violent crime rate of 449 per 100,000 inhabitants. Please feel free to send story suggestions to rmtcommunity@rmtelegram.com. We'll try to find a place to run the story online, in print or both. Thank you for reading.

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Funny how this paper chooses to address the top ten list for job growth, but fails to address other lists Like being in the top 50 most dangerous cities in the U.S. and being in Forbes top 10 most impoverished cities in the U.S. Sweeping that under the rug doesn't help the situation. Problems need to be addressed in this city. We want a promising future we need to address and resolve the cities issues.

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