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Wilmington-metro unemployment up in November


RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Unemployment rates increased in 99 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in November, according to statistics released Tuesday by the state’s Employment Security Commission. The rate remained the same in Davie County. Over the year, the unemployment rates dropped in 81 counties, remained the same in one county, and increased in 18.

“While the unemployment rates were up in 99 counties during the month of November, over-the-year, the rates
have declined in 81 counties,” said ESC Chairman Lynn R. Holmes. “The ESC has 89 offices statewide to handle
the needs of those looking for work and who are eligible for unemployment benefits.”

North Carolina had 44 counties that were at or below the state’s unadjusted unemployment rate of 9.9 percent.
Rates increased in all 14 of the state’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

The number of workers employed (not-seasonally adjusted) decreased in November by 40,716, to 4,024,695. The
number of people unemployed increased, by 29,004. The number of unemployed people in November was 441,023
workers, compared with 412,019 in October.

Orange County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in November, at 5.9 percent. Meanwhile, Graham County
had the highest unemployment rate, at 18.6 percent.

Unemployment rates in the metropolitan statistical areas for November were:
Asheville — 8.1 percent, up from 7.5 percent in October.
Burlington — 10.4 percent, up from 9.8 percent.
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC — 10.8 percent, up from 10.2 percent.
Durham-Chapel Hill — 7.1 percent, up from 6.7 percent.
Fayetteville — 9.2 percent, up from 8.7 percent.
Goldsboro — 8.5 percent, up from 7.9 percent.
Greensboro-High Point — 10.5 percent, up from 9.7 percent.
Greenville — 9.6 percent, up from 9.1 percent.
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton — 12.6 percent, up from 11.8 percent.
Jacksonville — 7.9 percent, up from 7.4 percent
Raleigh-Cary — 8.1 percent, up from 7.6 percent.
Rocky Mount — 12.8 percent, up from 12.1 percent.
Wilmington — 9.9 percent, up from 9 percent.
Winston-Salem — 9.3 percent, up from 8.7 percent.

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