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North Carolina’s February County and Area Employment Figures Released

Bladen Rate At 10 percent
RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 95 of North Carolina’s counties in Feb ruary, increased in four and remained the same in one.  All 14 of the State’s metro areas experienced rate decreases.


Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 13.8 percent while Orange County had the lowest at 4.4 percent.  Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 9.6 percent experienced the highest rate and Durham-Chapel Hill at 5.0 percent had the lowest.  The February not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 6.6 percent.
When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties.  All 14 metro areas experienced rate decreases over the year.


The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in February by 9,847 to 4,307,683, while those unemployed decreased 18,862 to 304,755.  Since February 2013, the number of workers employed statewide increased 43,250, while those unemployed decreased 120,869.


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.


Bladen County's rate during February was 10 percent. One year ago in February of 2013 Bladen's rate was 13 percent.


Other southeastern North Carolina county rates in February 2014 were: Columbus 10, Brunswick 8, Cumberland 7.6, Duplin 7.3, Pender 7.6, Robeson 9.6, Sampson 6.5.


Bladen County's rate in January 2014 was 10.5 percent.

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