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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Unemployment was up in 93 of North Carolina’s 100 counties during December, including four of five counties in our area, according to numbers released this morning by North Carolina Department of Commerce – Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

Brunswick County saw the biggest jump in our area, as unemployment increased to 11.9 percent as the year ended. That’s up from 10.5 percent in November and 11.3 percent in December 2010.

Columbus County has the highest rate in the area at 12.9 percent. That’s a 0.8-point increase from November. Bladen County saw the same increase from month to month to a rate of 12.6 percent. New Hanover County was 0.4 points to 9.7 percent from November to December. New Hanover saw the biggest jump in the past year, up 0.8 from 8.9% in December 2010

Pender was the only county in our area to see a decrease in unemployment. The rate fell from 11.6 percent in November to 11.5 in December. That’s still nearly a point higher than the 10.9 percent rate in December 2010.

COUNTY DEC. 2011 NOV. 2011 DEC. 2010
Bladen 12.6% 11.8% 11.9%
Brunswick 11.9% 10.5% 11.3%
Columbus 12.9% 12.1% 12.4%
New Hanover 9.7% 9.3% 8.9%
Pender 11.5% 11.6% 10.6%


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