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Metro Wilmington unemployment down slightly


RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) - Unemloyment rates in the Wilmington metro area fell slightly in October, from 9.1 to 9.0%.

Overall, unemployment rates dropped in 66 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in October, according to statistics released today by the state’s Employment Security Commission. The rates increased in 18 counties and remained the same in 16. Over the year, the unemployment rates dropped in 90 counties, remained the same in four counties, and increased in six.

“Over the year, we have seen unemployment rates decline in 90 counties, however, one-third of the counties had rates greater than 10 percent in October,” said ESC Chairman Lynn R. Holmes. “We continue to face economic challenges with respect to job growth, but we at ESC continue to assist those looking for work and those who qualify for unemployment benefits.”

North Carolina had 45 counties that were at or below the state’s unadjusted unemployment rate of 9.1 percent. Rates decreased in 13 of the state’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas and remained the same in one.

The number of workers employed (not-seasonally adjusted) decreased in October by 3,528, to 4,065,552. The number of people unemployed decreased, by 8,598. The number of unemployed people in October was 408,852 workers, compared with 417,450 in September.

Currituck County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in October, at 4.9 percent. Meanwhile, Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate, at 14.7 percent.

Unemployment rates in the metropolitan statistical areas for October were:
Asheville — 7.4 percent, down from 7.6 percent in September.
Burlington — 9.7 percent, down from 10 percent.
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC — 10.2 percent, down from 10.6 percent.
Durham-Chapel Hill — 6.6 percent, down from 6.8 percent.
Fayetteville — 8.6 percent, down from 8.8 percent.
Goldsboro — 7.9 percent, down from 8.1 percent.
Greensboro-High Point — 9.7 percent, down from 9.9 percent.
Greenville — 9.0 percent, down from 9.3 percent.
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton — 11.7 percent, down from 11.9 percent.
Jacksonville — 7.3 percent, down from 7.5 percent
Raleigh-Cary — 7.6 percent, down from 7.8 percent.
Rocky Mount — 12.1 percent, no change.
Wilmington — 9 percent, down from 9.1 percent.
Winston-Salem — 8.7 percent, down from 8.9 percent.

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