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 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