The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

January 7, 2013

Local unemployment steady, state shows increase

The Daily Southerner
John H. Walker

TARBORO — While unemployment rates increased from October to November in 81 North Carolina counties, Edgecombe was not one of them.

Edgecombe’s rate was 14.0 percent — the same as October’s adjusted rate and down more than two pints from the 16.3 percent rate in November 2011.

Statewide, unemployment was up in 81 counties from October to November, but down in 95 when comparing the rate to November 2011.

Edgecombe has the third-highest unemployment rate in the state, behind Graham County at 16.3 percent and Scotland County at 15.9 percent. November marked the 54th consecutive month for the local unemployment rate to be in double digits.

A total of 26,481 persons were employed in the county in November, compared to 26,375  in October. November marked the third consecutive month in the number of persons working has increased. There were 3,705 persons unemployed,

The state’s lowest rate was 5.7 percent in Orange County, followed by Henderson County at 5.7 percent and Buncombe at 6.8 percent.

A total of 11 out of the state’s 14 MSA’s showed an increase in November over October. That reverses a two-month trend in which all 14 MSA’s had recorded declines.

Rocky Mount held even at 11.7 percent, while Greenville improved from 9.2 in October to 9.1 in November.

Data from area counties showed Pitt County with the only month-to-month decline, dropping from (.2 percent in October to 9.1 percent in November. Three counties, Nash at 10.5, Wilson at 11.6 and Edgecombe at 14.0 all held even, while Martin increased from 10.7 percent in October to 10,9 percent and Halifax saw an increase of a full percentage point, from 12.0 to 13.0.

Statewide, the number of workers employed (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in November by 22,002 to 4,321,229, while those unemployed rose 6,750 to 424,893. Since November 2011, the number of workers unemployed decreased 45,145, while those employed increased 125,439.

North Carolina’s statewide unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) was 9.0 percent in November, up two-tenths.