WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- After a small drop in July, unemployment is up again in the Wilmington metro area. The region's unemployment rate climbed to 10.5 percent in August. That's up from 10.2 percent in July after a drop from 10.4 percent in June. The Employment Security Commission says 18,744 are unemployed in our area.
Bladen and Columbus Counties saw no change from July to August, and New Hanover County saw a slight decrease. Meanwhile the unemployment rate increased in Brunswick and Pender Counties. The unemployment rate is at least half a point higher in each of the five counties compared to a year ago, with the biggest increase in Pender County, where the rate has climbed from 9.9 percent in August 2010 to 12.2 percent one year later.
Overall unemployment rates increased in 47 of North Carolina's 100 counties in August, the ESC said. Rates decreased in 32 counties and remained the same in 21.
"Just over half of North Carolina's 100 counties stayed the same or decreased," ESC Chairman Lynn R.
Holmes said in a statement. "Looking at this month's data, it's clear we must remain focused on assisting our customers with many services to help them find work in this static economy.”
North Carolina had 42 counties that were at or below the state’s unadjusted unemployment rate of 10.4 percent.
Rates increased in 10 of the state’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Rates decreased in three and remained the same in one.
The number of workers employed (not-seasonally adjusted) decreased in August by 45,950 to 4,038,915. The number of people unemployed decreased by 3,007. The number of unemployed people in August was 471,319
workers, compared with 474,326 in July.
Currituck County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in August, at 4.5 percent. Meanwhile, Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate, at 17.6 percent.