First Posted: 1/7/2012

Unemployment rate drops .5%

RALEIGH — Robeson is among 74 of North Carolina’s 100 counties that saw a drop in its unemployment rate in November, according to unemployment data recently released by the Labor and Economic Analysis Division of the N.C. Department of Commerce.

At 12.4 percent, unemployment in Robeson is down from the October rate of 12.9 percent, and down from the county’s November 2010 unemployment rate of 12.5 percent.

During November, 39 counties had unemployment rates of or below the state average of 9.5 percent. At 16.6 percent, Scotland County had the state’s highest unemployment rate.

Local man gets CEM certification

ATLANTA — Former Lumberton resident Steven Geoffrey Oxendine, now of New Bern, has met the educational, experience and rigorous testing requirements needed to qualify as a Certified Energy Manager, according to the Association of Energy Engineers.

The AEE, founded in 1977, is a nonprofit professional society located in Atlanta. It boasts a membership of 14,000 in 78 countries. There are 9,500 CEMs worldwide.

The CEM certification — created in 1981 — recognizes an individual’s competencies in a wide range of energy-related principles and practices. CEMs are involved in all aspects of the energy industry.

Annual summit

to be held Feb. 23

PEMBROKE — The fourth annual Entrepreneurship Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the Regional Center for Economic, Community and Professional Development at COMtech. It is open to the public.

The theme will be small business/entrepreneurial growth and sustainability.