The unenviable string continues.
For the 61st consecutive month, the unemployment rate in Edgecombe County is represented by double digits.
Edgecombe’s July rate increased from 14.5 percent in June to 14.7 percent in July. It was the third straight month that the rate increased and left Edgecombe with the second-highest unemployment rate in the state, bettering only Scotland County’s 16.0 percent.
July’s data, released Wednesday morning, shows that Edgecombe County’s labor force included 24,633 persons while a total of 3,633 were unemployed.
The July trend was downward in the state, as 81 counties showed decreases from June while nine had increases and 10 remained the same.
Scotland County had the highest rate in the state at 16.0 percent while Currituck County had the lowest at 5.3 percent. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount had the highest rate at 13.3 percent and Asheville had the lowest at 6.8. The June not seasonally adjusted rate for the entire state was 9.1 percent.
Among area counties, Pitt had the lowest rate at 9.6 percent (No. 56), followed by Martin at 10.78 (No. 78), Nash at 12.15 (No. 93), Wilson at 13.1 (No. 95) and Halifax at 13.2 (No. 96).
The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) increased in July by 16,507 to 4,319,371 while those unemployed decreased 6,726 to 439,793.
Since July 2012, the number of workers employed statewide increased 25,227, while those unemployed decreased 45,241.
The unenviable string continues.
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