North Carolina’s October County
and Area Employment Figures Released With
Bladen's Rate At 10.5
RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally
adjusted) decreased in 56 of North
Carolina’s counties in October, increased in
30 and remained the same in 14. Six of
the State’s metro areas experienced rate
decreases, while two increased and six
remained the same.
Scotland County had the highest
unemployment rate at 14.4 percent while
Chatham County had the lowest at 4.7
percent. Among the Metro areas, Rocky
Mount at 10.9 percent experienced the
highest rate and Asheville at 5.6 percent
had the lowest. The October not
seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 7.5
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
October by 2,829 to 4,328,649, while those
unemployed decreased 2,162 to 351,633.
Since October 2012, the number of workers
employed statewide decreased 13,663, while
those unemployed decreased 83,309.
Please note that employment estimates for
September 2013 were not released as
scheduled due to the federal government
shutdown. Unemployment rates in
September (not seasonally adjusted)
decreased in 97 of North Carolina’s counties
and increased in three. All fourteen
of the State’s metro areas experienced rate
decreases. The September not
seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 7.6
percent. Bladen's rate was 10.5 percent.
Other southeastern North Carolina rates
were: Brunswick 7.7, Columbus 9.5,
Cumberland 8.9, Pender 8.6, Robeson 11.2 and
Bladen's unemployment rate for October of
2012 was 12.7 percent.