BY JOHN H. WALKER
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
For the 60th consecutive month — five years — the unemployment rate in Edgecombe County is represented by double digits. Statewide, Edgecombe ranked No. 98 out of 100, bettering only Graham and Scotland counties.
June’s data, released Tuesday morning, shows that Edgecombe County’s rate increased from 14.1 percent in May to 14.5 percent in June. That marks the second month in a row that the rate has increased after a three-month period between February and April where it dropped.
Edgecombe was not alone in the increase, as 81 of the state’s counties saw a rise in the number of unemployed. All 14 of the state’s metro areas experienced increases.
Scotland County had the highest rate in the state at 16.2 percent while Currituck County had the lowest at 5.8 percent. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount had the highest rate at 13.3 percent and Asheville had the lowest at 7.1. The June not seasonally adjusted rate for the entire state was 9.3 percent.
In June, there were 24,286 persons employed in Edgecombe County and 3,510 out of work.
Among area counties, Pitt had the lowest rate at 9.5 percent (No. 46), followed by Martin at 10.7 (No. 78), Nash at 12.1 (No. 92), Wilson at 13.0 (No. 97) and Halifax at 12.9 (No. 96).
The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) increased in June by 16,445 to 4,3033,424, while those unemployed increased 16,163 to 439,793. Since June 2012, the number of workers employed statewide increased 11,966, while those unemployed decreased 26,257.