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North Carolina’s October County and Area Employment Figures Released,,Bladen At 8.1 Percent
RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 98 of North Carolina’s counties in October and increased in two.
Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 11.2 percent while Chatham County had the lowest at 3.8 percent.  All of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases.  Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 8.1 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville at 4.1 percent had the lowest.  The October not seasonally ad- justed statewide rate was 5.5 percent.
When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 99 counties and remained the same in one.  All 14 metro areas experienced rate decreases over the year.
The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) increased in October by 48,712 to 4,421,890, while those unemployed decreased 25,861 to 256,897.  Since October 2013, the number of workers employed statewide increased 76,544, while those unemployed decreased 82,505.
It is important to note that employment estimates are subject to large seasonal patterns; therefore, it is advisable to focus on over-the-year changes in the not seasonally adjusted estimates.
The next unemployment update is scheduled for Friday, December 19, 2014 when the state unemployment rate for November 2014 will be released.
Other southeastern North Carolina counties rates were: Columbus 7.4, Brunswich 6.0, Pender 5.7, Sampson 5.2 and Robeson 8.0.

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