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  • Nichols named Brunswick County Public Utilities director

    John Nichols has been named director of Brunswick County Public Utilities effective Jan. 2, 2017.

    Nichols, a Southport native and graduate of South Brunswick High School, has worked for Brunswick County for more than 10 years as assistant director of public utilities. He will begin his new position following the retirement of Brunswick County Public Utilities director Jerry Pierce at the end of 2016.

  • County construction permits reach highest level since 2007

    The number of construction permits issued in Brunswick County in fiscal year 2016 was the highest since fiscal year 2007, and year-to-date numbers for the current year are on track to be even higher, according to a county news release.

  • BCAR: Brunswick County remains strong, healthy market

    Brunswick County’s real estate market remained strong through November, according to the most recent data from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    The number of units sold in November 2016 was up 23 percent over November 2015 and total sales increased 17.5 percent over the same period last year. The number of homes sold in 2016 has already exceeded the total number sold in all of 2015 by 3.5 percent.

  • Unemployment stays below 6 percent for September

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate remained below 6 percent for September at 5.9 percent.

    The rate change continued a monthly fluctuation, rising from 5.7 percent in August and 5.6 percent in July. The unemployment rate for June jumped up to 5.8 percent after hitting a year low of 5.5 percent in May. The unemployment rate last reached 6 percent in April.

    The rates dropped significantly compared with early 2016, when Brunswick County had 6.7 percent unemployment for March, 7.8 percent in February and 8.1 percent in January.

  • Secretary of State releases annual charitable giving report

     

  • Brunswick County housing market shows continued growth throughout third quarter

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market demonstrated steady growth in September, completing a strong third quarter, according to the most recent statistics from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors. The average sales prices for the third quarter increased 7.1 percent from last year and third quarter total sales are up 8.3 percent over this time last year.

    The September numbers show an increase in sales volume over last year, with total sales at $83,720,000 for the month vs. $80,065,550 for September 2015, a 4.6 percent increase.

  • County market reports strong summer growth

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market demonstrated steady growth throughout the month of August. The total number of units sold rose 4 percent over August 2015, the average sales price was up 13.7 percent from last year and total sales for August increased 10.9 percent over the same time last year, according to the most recent statistics from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR).

  • NCDOI to continue BCBSNC examination

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance has determined further examination of Blue Cross Blue Shield is necessary. The initial examination report was delivered to BCBS on May 31.

    Interactions with Blue Cross Blue Shield have been ongoing but disagreements on the findings persist. NCDOI is going back in to do an additional examination and hopefully move toward a resolution, according to a news release from the agency.

    Consumers in need of assistance from NCDOI should call (855) 408-1212 or go to ncdoi.com.

  • Brunswick County market remains consistent

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market demonstrated consistent strength with healthy numbers in July. While sales dropped slightly from 2015, 2016 has yielded consistent, strong numbers month over month, according to the most recent statistics from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

  • County unemployment stays below 6 percent for June

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate remained below 6 percent for June, but increased to 5.8 percent after dropping to 5.5 percent in May.

    The unemployment rate was 6 percent in April.

    The year-to-year unemployment rate is down 1.5 percent. The unemployment rate in Brunswick County from June 2015 was 7.3 percent.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.