Despite the tough day on Wall Street, there is encouraging news about unemployment rates in North Carolina.
According to statistics released Friday by the state's Employment Security Commission, unemployment rates decreased in 77 North Carolina counties in September.
Rates increased in fourteen counties, and remained the same in nine. This is the second month in a row for a decrease in the majority of North Carolina counties.
Currituck County has the state's lowest unemployment rate, at 3.6%.
Some of the counties in Eastern Carolina with decreases in the unemployment rate include Beaufort, Edgecombe, Greene, Martin, Nash, Onslow, Pamlico, Pitt, Washington and Wilson counties.
Some of the counties with increases include Carteret, Craven, Dare, Duplin and Jones counties. Lenoir County's stayed the same between August and September.
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