Byline: Jane Seccombe
Oct. 5--North Carolina lost more jobs in the textile industry than any other state in the Southeast in this year's second quarter, according to data released yesterday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Employment in the Southeast's textile industry, which is being eroded by foreign competition and the U.S. economic downturn, fell by 8,100 jobs, or 2.2 percent, to 359,100 in the second quarter compared with the preceding first quarter. The figures have not been seasonally adjusted.
This was before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks negatively affected consumer confidence.
Michael Wald, a regional economist for the …