New Unemployment Rates

The Employment Security Commission of North Carolina has released county-by-county unemployment data for October, and the news is not good.

Out of 30 counties in Eastern Carolina, 21 counties had higher unemployment rates in October than in September.

Edgecombe County is tied for the highest unemployment rate in the state, at 11.6%. Scotland County also has an 11.6% unemployment rate.

Statewide, the unemployment rate is at the highest it's been for all of 2008, at 7%, when seasonally adjusted.

These counties in Eastern Carolina did not see their unemployment rate increase: Duplin; Gates; Greene; Hertford; Nash; Onslow; Perquimans; Washington; and Wilson.

You can view a county-by-county breakdown of unemployment rates in North Carolina by clicking here. Highlight the "Counties" option for the year 2008 and select "View Data."


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