The unemployment rate in North Carolina rose to 9.6 percent in July but don't tell Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue. In an appearance on MSNBC on Monday, she cast the North Carolina economy is much better light. "North Carolina has bounced back," she told Andrea Mitchell. "We're in a recovery mode. I've added over a 100,000 jobs since I've been governor. The president knows that.
Watch a clip of the inteview above, provided by the Republicans, who pounced on her comments." There's a reason that Bev Perdue isn't running for Governor again, and it's because she's out of touch," state GOP spokesman Rob Lockwood said in a statement. "North Carolina has the fifth highest unemployment rate in the country... Yet today we saw Governor Perdue try to put a smile on the economic misery, and hope that people forget that nothing has changed for the better since she and (President Barack) Obama were elected in 2008.