Watauga County jobless rate sees decrease in November

Article Published: Jan. 10, 2014 | Modified: Jan. 10, 2014

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 91 of North Carolina’s counties in November and increased in nine.

All 14 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases.

Watauga County had a rate of 5.7 percent, down .6 percent October. Ashe County’s rate of 8.1 percent reflects a .6 percent decrease from the previous month, as well, while Avery County’s rate of 8.2 percent marks a .4-percent increase from October.

Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 13.5 percent, while Orange County had the lowest at 4.3 percent.

Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 10 percent experienced the highest rate, and Durham-Chapel Hill at 5.1 percent had the lowest. The November not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 6.9 percent.

When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties. All 14 metro areas experienced rate decreases over the year.

The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) increased in November by 18,410 to 4,347,769, while those unemployed decreased 29,308 to 322,319. Since November 2012, the number of workers employed statewide increased 22,025, while those unemployed decreased 110,279.

It is important to note that employment estimates are subject to large seasonal patterns; therefore, it is advisable to focus on over-the-year changes in the not seasonally adjusted estimates.

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