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North Carolina Unemployment Rates Decrease in 93 Counties in April

Over-the-Year Rates Down in 88 Counties; Wilmington Shows Improvement

RALEIGH, N.C. : May 25, 2012 - Unemployment rates fell in 93 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in April, increased in three and remained the same in four. When compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates declined in 88 counties, increased in 11, and remained the same in one.
“Rates continued to drop in April,” said N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll. “Looking at over-the-year numbers, most of North Carolina’s counties have lower unemployment rates which is certainly positive. Throughout the state, our employment service offices assist those looking to find work with various programs and job search assistance. We are committed to both citizens and employers in getting North Carolinians back to work.”
North Carolina had 32 counties that were at or below the state’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 9.1 percent. For the second consecutive month, unemployment rates decreased in all 14 Metropolitan Statistical Areas.
The number of workers employed (not seasonally adjusted) increased in April by 14,542 to 4,212,226, while those unemployed decreased 24,714 to 421,197. Since April 2011, the number of workers unemployed decreased 42,802, while those employed increased 35,770.
Currituck County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in April at 5.3 percent, and Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 17.4 percent. 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 series.
North Carolina’s statewide unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) was 9.1 percent in April. This was a 0.5 of a percentage point decrease from March’s revised rate of 9.6 percent, and a 0.9 percentage-point decrease over the year.
Over the month, the unemployment rate decreased in 93 counties and increased in three.
Thirty-two counties had unemployment rates at or below the state’s 9.1 percent rate. Scotland County recorded April’s highest unemployment rate at 17.4 percent, 0.6 of a percentage point higher than last month. Graham County had the second-highest rate at 16.7 percent. Currituck County had the lowest unemployment rate at 5.3 percent, followed by Orange, 5.8 percent; Henderson, 7.0 percent; and Gates, 7.1 percent.
For the second consecutive month, unemployment rates decreased in all 14 of the state’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas (Metros).
The Rocky Mount Metro had the highest unemployment rate in April at 12.1 percent. The Durham/Chapel Hill Metro had the lowest unemployment rate at 7.1 percent, which decreased 0.3 of a percentage point from the previous month. Raleigh/Cary followed at 7.4 percent and Asheville at 7.5 percent.
In April 2012, there were 49,961 Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) Initial Claims filed in North Carolina.
New Regular Initial Claims, totaling 29,376 for the month ending April 2012, increased 1,111 from the prior month. Seventeen percent were Attached New Initial Claims.
During the same period a year ago, New Claims totaled 30,307, of which 23 percent were Attached.
For the month ending April 2010, New Claims totaled 35,091, of which 18 percent were Attached Claims.
Over the month, net industry employment increased in 13 of 14 Metros.
The Charlotte/Gastonia/Rock Hill NC-SC Metro had the largest net employment increase with 4,400, followed by Wilmington with 1,800.
Wilmington experienced the greatest percentage increase at 1.3 percent. It is important to note that employment estimates are subject to large seasonal patterns; therefore, it is advisable to focus on the over-the-year changes in the not seasonally adjusted series.
Over the year, employment rose in 13 Metros. The Raleigh/Cary Metro had the largest net employment increase with 8,100, followed by Charlotte/Gastonia/Rock Hill NC-SC with 7,200; Durham/Chapel Hill, 3,900; and Greensboro/High Point, 3,700. Jacksonville had the greatest percentage increase at 1.7 percent.

North Carolina Unemployment Rates by CountyApril 2012.

North Carolina UI Benefits Paid by County May 2011-April 2012. Total All Programs

Click here to view the full report from the North Carolina Department of Commerce - Labor and Economic Analysis Division.