The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


May 30, 2013

County unemployment drops again

Still among state’s highest at 13.5 percent

TARBORO — Edgecombe County’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for April fell four-tenths of a percent to 13.5 percent, marking the third consecutive month in which a drop in the rate was recorded.

Despite that improvement, the county ranked No. 97 — out of 100 — in the number of persons without a job. April marked the 58th consecutive month for double-digit unemployment in the county.

Statewide, 97 counties showed a decline from March — as did all 14 of the state’s metro areas. Graham County had the highest rate at 15.9 percent, while Orange had the lowest at 5.3. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount topped the list at 12.3 percent.

Locally, the three-month decline mirrors 2012, when the rate spiked in January, then dropped in February, March and April. After that, the rate climbed over the next three months.

In April, the Edgecombe County workforce consisted of 24,207 employed and 3,267 unemployed.

Among area counties, Pitt had the lowest rate at 8.4 percent, followed by Martin at 10.2, Nash at 11.7, Wilson at 12.3 and Halifax at 13.6

Statewide, the number of workers employed (not seasonally adjusted) increased in April by 17,251 to 4,291.469 while those unemployed fell 19,921 to 398,043 — or an unadjusted rat of 8.5 percent.


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