Unemployment jumps in 99 NC counties

April 1, 2009 2:56:43 PM PDT
According to new numbers released Wednesday, unemployment climbed in 99 of 100 North Carolina counties in February.The news was not a surprise after state unemployment figures from the Employment Security Commission released last month showed rates had reached record levels.

“Virtually every job sector in North Carolina has had some loss because of the national recession,” said ESC Chairman Moses Carey Jr. “The ESC is working hard to assist those workers who are out of a job."

The ESC is about to start paying those out of work an additional $25 a week in unemployment benefits.

Here are the figures for Triangle metropolitan areas:

Durham-Chapel Hill - 8 percent, up from 7.3 percent.

Fayetteville - 9.5 percent, up from 8.8 percent.

Raleigh-Cary - 8.8 percent, up from 7.9 percent.

Rocky Mount - 14.4 percent, up from 13.2 percent.

Triangle area county numbers also show significant increases over January:

Chatham County - 8.5%

Durham County - 8.0%

Franklin County - 11.0%

Johnston County - 10.7%

Orange County - 6.5%

Person County - 12.6%

Wake County - 8.3%

Outlying and more rural counties are suffering the most:

Edgecombe County - 16.9%

Warren County - 15.2%

Halifax County - 14.8%

Vance County - 14.4%

Nash County - 13.2%

Northampton County - 12.8%

Wilson County - 12.5%

Harnett County - 11.8%

Moore County - 11.0%

The state unemployment numbers for March are due out on April 17.


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