North Carolina’s July County and
Area Employment Figures Released
RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not
seasonally adjusted) increased in 95 of
North Carolina’s counties in July, decreased
in four, and remained unchanged in one.
However, 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.
Scotland County had the highest
unemployment rate at 12.7 percent while
Currituck County had the lowest at 3.9
percent. All fourteen of the state’s
metro areas experienced rate increases.
Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 10.2
percent experienced the highest rate and
Asheville at 5.2 percent had the lowest.
The July not seasonally adjusted statewide
rate was 6.9 percent.
The number of workers employed statewide
(not seasonally adjusted) increased in July
by 7,838 to 4,396,729, while those
unemployed increased 21,502 to 324,277.
Since July 2013, the number of workers
employed statewide increased 48,186, while
those unemployed decreased 75,846.
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
Bladen County's unemployment rate for July
was 9.9 percent. Other southeastern North
Carolina rates were: Brunswick 7.3, Columbus
9.1, Sampson 6.6, Robeson 10.1.