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Bladen's September unemployment rate at 8.8 percent

Bladen County's unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent for September, according to figures released Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Bladen's rate, which is not seasonally adjusted, followed the pattern throughout North Carolina. Only Currituck County among North Carolina's 100 counties reported an increase in its unemployment rate, although Currituck County had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 4.2 percent. Swain County's unemployment rate remained unchanged for September. The rest of the counties reported a decrease.

Bladen County's 8.8 percent unemployment rate in September is a drop of 1.6 percent from the September 2013 report, when the rate was 10.4 percent. The rate also is a drop of 1.5 percent from the August rate of 10.3 percent. Bladen County's unemployment rate is 95th highest among North Carolina's counties.

In September, Bladen County's labor force was estimated at 14,395 by N.C. Department of Commerce figures, with 1,269 people unemployed.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 6.1 percent, which was not seasonally adjusted. All 14 metro areas in North Carolina had unemployment rate decreases from a year ago. Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.2 percent, while Currituck County had the lowest at 4.2 percent.

Unemployment rates for nearby counties, according to the September report, were: Brunswick, 6.6 percent; Columbus, 8.1 percent; Cumberland, 7.2 percent; Pender, 6.5 percent; Robeson, 8.6 percent; and Sampson, 5.7 percent.

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