The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


February 4, 2013

Unemployment increases in December

ROCKY MOUNT — Unemployment is Edgecombe County remained in double-digits for the 55th consecutive month in December, according to statistics released last week by the North Carolina Dept. of Commerce's labor analysis division.

Increasing a full percentage point — 15.0 vs. 14.0 — from November to December, Edgecombe joined 96 other counties in showing an increase from the previous month. The local rate was down 1.1 percent when compared to December 2011. Only Jones County (Trenton) showed a drop, down to 9.0 percent from 9.2.

The state's lowest unemployment rate was in Orange County at 5.9 percent. Graham had the highest, at 18.5 percent, followed by Scotland (16.6), Swain (16.5), Dare (15.9) and Edgecombe.

A total of 26,405 persons were employed in December, while another 3,952 were without a job. That compares to 26,481 persons employed in the county in November and 26,375 in October. December broke a string of three consecutive months of job growth in the county.

Statewide, the December rate was 9.5 percent, up from 9.0 the previous month and down 0.7 percent from December 2011, when the rate was 10.2.

Thirteen of the state's 14 MSA's showed an increase in December over November with Rocky Mount topping the list at 12.5 percent, up from the previous month's 11.7. Greenville increased from 9.2 percent to 9.6 percent.

All five area counties showed an increase — Pitt 9.6 from 9.1, Nash 11.2 from 10.7, Martin 11.4 from 10.9, Wilson 12.2 from 11.6 and Halifax, 13.6 from 13.0.

Statewide, the number of workers employed (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in December by 58,847 to 4,262,359, while those unemployed rose 19,610 to 444,851. Since December 2011, the number of workers unemployed decreased 29,895, while those employed increased 93,514.

Text Only
cop death.jpg

Investigators look over the scene of an accident involving a North Carolina Department of Transportation excavator truck and a van that was driven by an off duty police officer, Charles Johnson Tuesday morning on NC 111 in Tarboro. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Local News
Our Community
Staton Dupree.jpg

Tarboro Vikings sophomore Staton Dupree gets a base hit in the third inning Monday night against the North Pitt Panthers. North Pitt defeated Tarboro 9-3.

  • The legacy of Joe W. Dickens Jr.'s dash

    Joe W. Dickens Jr.
    Sept. 14, 1953 - March 21, 2014
    The above statement is profound in its own way. It signifies the birth and the death of one of the most influential men in Edgecombe Coun

    March 31, 2014

  • Bones-final-cover.jpg Local librarian pens first novel

    Roman Leary, director at Edgecombe County Memorial Library, has written his first novel – “Six Days of the Dragon.”

    March 19, 2014 2 Photos

Obituaries Archives

    Edgecombe Events must be submitted by noon the day before publication. Items eligible include notices of local meetings and activities of non-profit organizations, clubs, schools and civic groups in the community. Information should be brief and typewritten, neatly printed or via  e-mail. For questions call 252-823-3106 or

    April 16, 2014

CNHI Network News
AP Video