Wake ranks second in unemployment claims

December 1, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
The Employment Security Commission of North Carolina says employment grew in the state's 100 counties in October, but unemployment is also up in 61 counties.45 counties were at or below the state's unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.7 percent, which increased from 6.6 percent in September.

Orange and Watauga counties had the state's lowest unemployment rate, at 4.1 percent, in October. Meanwhile, Scotland and Edgecombe counties had the highest unemployment rate, at 11.6 percent.

The five counties receiving the highest amount in unemployment insurance benefits in October were: Mecklenburg, $12 million; Wake, $8.1 million; Guilford, $5.7 million; Forsyth, $3.6 million; and Gaston, $3.4 million.

State officials say while unemployment is up slightly, they're encouraged by the numbers considering the nationwide economic picture.

"The labor force increased in October by 21,820 workers," said ESC Chairman Harry E. Payne Jr. "It's always positive when we see workers enter the labor force and find work. While the job market is tight right now, diligent efforts still can pay off when it comes to searching for work."

Unemployment rates for the state's main metropolitan areas for October were:

· Asheville - 5.2 percent, no change from September.

· Burlington - 7.2 percent, up from 7.1 percent.

· Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord NC-SC - 7.1 percent, up from 6.9 percent.

· Durham - 5.1 percent, down from 5.2 percent.

· Fayetteville - 6.6 percent, down from 6.8 percent.

· Goldsboro - 6.4 percent, up from 6.3 percent.

· Greensboro-High Point - 7.0 percent, up from 6.9 percent.

· Greenville - 7.2 percent, up from 7.0 percent.

· Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton - 8.4 percent, up from 8.1 percent.

· Jacksonville - 5.8 percent, no change.

· Raleigh-Cary - 5.2 percent, down from 5.3 percent.

· Rocky Mount - 9.6 percent, no change.

· Wilmington - 6.2 up from 6.0 percent.

· Winston-Salem - 6.4 percent, up from 6.3 percent.


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