Unemployment rates decline in 76 counties in October

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Article Published: Nov. 29, 2012 | Modified: Nov. 29, 2012
Unemployment rates decline in 76 counties in October

According to the N.C. Employment Security Commission, unemployment rates decreased in 76 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in October, increased in 16 and were unchanged in eight.

When compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates declined in 98 counties.

North Carolina had 39 counties that were at or below the state’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 8.8 percent. Unemployment rates decreased in all 14 of the state’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

The number of workers employed (not seasonally adjusted) increased in October by 51,810 to 4,343,583, while those unemployed fell 5,314 to 416,631. Since October 2011, the number of workers unemployed decreased 64,511, while those employed increased 142,497.

Watauga County’s October rate of 7.3 remained the same as in September. Ashe County’s October rate of 11.2 percent saw a 1 percent increase from the previous month, while Avery County’s rate of 9.5 percent dropped .4 points from September.

Currituck County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in October at 5.5 percent, and Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 15.7 percent.

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