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N.C. jobless rates increase in 76 counties in May

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Article Published: Jun. 28, 2012 | Modified: Jun. 28, 2012

Unemployment rates rose in 76 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in May, fell in 21 and were unchanged in three.

When compared to the same month in 2011, unemployment rates declined in 88 counties, increased in eight, and remained the same in four.

“While rates were up in most counties for May, over the year, we see a positive downward trend,” said N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll. “Rates were down in 88 counties across North Carolina since May of last year. Our focus remains on growing jobs across the state as several key job announcements have been made over the past several weeks. Our employment service offices are committed to working with employers to get job seekers back to work in North Carolina.”

North Carolina had 33 counties that were at or below the state’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 9.4 percent.

Watauga County’s May rate of 8.2 percent saw a .1 percent decrease from the previous month.
Ashe County’s rate dropped .7 percent for a May rate of 11.3 percent, while Avery County’s May rate of 11.4 percent saw a .4 percent decrease from April.

Currituck County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in May at 5.2 percent, and Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 16.9 percent.

Unemployment rates increased in 13 metropolitan statistical areas and declined in one.

The number of workers employed (not seasonally adjusted) increased in May by 11,632 to 4,223,768, while those unemployed rose 17,758 to 439,528.

Since May 2011, the number of workers unemployed decreased 40,819, while those employed increased 35,027.

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