The Daily Southerner
John H. Walker
Unemployment in Edgecombe County dropped nine-tenths of a point in October, from 14.5 percent to 13.6 percent. Still, despite the improvement, Edgecombe maintains the third-highest unemployment rate in the state.
Statewide, unemployment dropped in 97 out of 100 counties, increased in one and remained the same in two.
It was the 52nd consecutive month for double-digit unemployment in the county.
A total of 25,772 persons were employed with 3,514 persons out of work in September. That compares to a workforce of 25,517 in August with 3,697 persons out of work.
The state’s lowest rate was 5.1 percent in Currituck County, followed by Orange County at 5.7 percent and Wake at 7.0 percent.
All 14 of the state’s MSA’s showed a decline in September from August with Rocky Mount leading the way with a drop of 2.1 percent.
Data from area counties showed the rate down from to 11.1 percent in Nash (down 2.2 percent), 11.8 in Wilson (down 1.6 percent), 9.3 in Pitt (down 1.6 percent), 11.2 percent in Martin (down 0.8 percent) and 12.7 percent in Halifax (down 1.9 percent).
Statewide, the number of workers employed (not seasonally adjusted) increased in September by 72.188 to 4,291,292, while those unemployed fell 31,303 to 421,149. Since September 2011, the number of workers unemployed decreased 62,424, while those employed increased 103,546.
North Carolina’s statewide unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) was 8.9 percent in September.