The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

November 29, 2012

Jobless rate climbs locally, drops statewide

Editor and Publisher
John H. Walker

TARBORO — Unemployment rates decreased in 76 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in October — Edgecombe County was not one of them.

Edgecombe County’s rate was 13.8 percent, up from September’s 13.6 and the third-highest in the state behind Scotland’s 15.7 percent and Graham’s 15.1 percent. The local rate was 16.4 percent a year ago.

October marked the 53rd consecutive month for double-digit unemployment rates in the county.

A total of 26,375 persons were employed in October — compared to 25,772 in September — with 3,647 out of work. There were 3,514 persons out of work in September.

The state’s lowest rate was 5.5 percent in Currituck County, followed by Orange County at 5.6 percent and Chatham at 6.4 percent.

All 14 of the state’s MSA’s showed a decline in October — the second straight month all MSA’s had recorded a decline. Rocky Mount and Hickory-Lenoir-Morgantown each showed declines of 2.3 percent to lead the state. It was the second consecutive month for Rocky Mount to post the greater percentage of drop in unemployment statistics.

Data from area counties showed the rate down from to 10.5 percent in Nash (down .6 percent), 11.5 in Wilson (down .3 percent), 9.2 in Pitt (down .1 percent), 10.7 percent in Martin (down 0.5 percent) and 12.6 percent in Halifax (up .1 percent).

Statewide, the number of workers employed (not seasonally adjusted) increased in October by 51,810 to 4,343,583, while those unemployed fell 5,314 to 416,631. Since October 2011, the number of workers unemployed decreased 64,511, while those employed increased 142,497.

North Carolina’s statewide unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) was 8.8 percent in October, down .1 percent.