North Carolina’s December County
and Area Employment Figures Released
RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not
seasonally adjusted) decreased in 86 of
North Carolina’s counties in De- cember,
increased in 11 and remained the same in
three. All 14 of the State’s metro
areas experienced rate decreases.
Scotland County had the highest
unemployment rate at 12.6 percent while
Orange County had the lowest at 4.1 percent.
Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 9.4
percent experienced the highest rate and
Durham-Chapel Hill at 4.9 percent had the
lowest. The December 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 December by 32,140 to
4,315,366, while those unemployed decreased
17,561 to 305,196. Since December
2012, the number of workers employed
statewide increased 29,050, while those
unemployed decreased 140,214.
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's unemployment during December
was 9.9 percent. Other southeastern North
Carolina county figures were: Brunswick 8.2.
Columbus 9.0. Cumberland 7.7. Duplin 7.2.
Hoke 8.0. New Hanover 6.3. Onslow 6.5.
Pender 8.0. Robeson 9.7. Sampson 6.3