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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.
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 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.

   
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