Watauga jobless rate increases



Article Published: Dec. 12 | Modified: Dec. 12

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 56 of North Carolina’s counties in October, increased in 30 and remained the same in 14. Six of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases, while two increased and six remained the same.

Watauga County’s October rate of 6.3 percent reflects a .2-percent increase from the previous month. Ashe County had a rate of 8.7 percent in October, down .2 percent from September, while Avery County’s rate of of 7.8 percent shows a .1-percent decrease from the previous month.

Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 14.4 percent, while Chatham County had the lowest at 4.7 percent. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 10.9 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville at 5.6 percent had the lowest. The October not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 7.5 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) decreased in October by 2,829 to 4,328,649, while those unemployed decreased 2,162 to 351,633. Since October 2012, the number of workers employed statewide decreased 13,663, while those unemployed decreased 83,309.

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