Watauga County unemployment rate sees increase in May

Article Published: Jul. 2 | Modified: Jul. 2
Watauga County unemployment rate sees increase in May

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 92 of North Carolina’s counties in May, decreased in seven and remained unchanged in one.

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

Watauga County had a rate of 6.3 percent, up .7 percent from April. Ashe County’s May rate of 7.6 percent marks a .2 percent increase, while Avery County’s rate of 7.3 percent remained unchanged.
Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.7 percent, while Currituck County had the lowest at 4.6 percent. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 9.8 percent experienced the highest rate, and Asheville at 5.1 percent had the lowest.

The May not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 6.6 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 May by 33,207 to 4,414,534, while those unemployed increased 29,237 to 312,061. Since May 2013, the number of workers employed statewide increased 72,777, while those unemployed decreased 77,813.

The next unemployment update is scheduled for Friday, July 18, when the state unemployment rate for June 2014 will be released.

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