BY JOHN H. WALKER
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Edgecombe County’s unemployment rate improved a full percentage point — from 13.0 in October to 12.0 in November — but the county climbed a spot, to the 99th highest unemployment rate in the state.
Only Scotland County, which, like Edgecombe, has perennially high unemployment rates, was worse. Scotland County’s November rate was 13.5 percent. Orange County had the lowest rate at 4.3 percents.
Among the state’s Metro areas, Rocky Mount had the highest rate at 10.0 while Durham-Chapel Hill had the lowest at 5.1 percent. The unemployment rte in all 14 Metro areas decreased when compared to last year.
Even Graham County, located in far western North Carolina and always near the bottom, ranked better than Edgecombe at 11.8 percent.
November marked the 65th consecutive month for the Edgecombe rate to be in double digits.
Rates in area counties included Halifax (10.5), Martin (8.2) Nash (8.9), Pitt (6.9) and Wilson (9.5).
Even though the county is near the bottom of the county-by-county report, November 2013 showed a marked improvement over November 2012, when the rate was 14.2 percent.
In November, Edgecombe’s workforce stood at 24,035 with 2,890 persons unemployed.
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.
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