Unemployment down in most NC counties

May 29, 2009 1:35:42 PM PDT
Eighty-three of North Carolina's 100 counties showed an unemployment rate decrease in April, according to statistics released Friday by the state's Employment Security Commission. Rates increased in 14 counties and remained the same in three.

Click here for the county by county numbers (.pdf)

"For the second consecutive month, a large number of North Carolina's counties have had a decrease in their unemployment rate," said ESC Chairman Moses Carey Jr. "However, virtually every county in the state continues to work through this difficult and challenging national recession."

Orange County had the state's lowest unemployment rate in April, at 5.8 percent. Scotland County had the highest with 17.3 percent.

In metropolitan areas, the Raleigh/Cary area came in at 8.3 percent - down from 8.7. Over in Durham/Chapel Hill, the rate was 7.3 percent - down from 7.6. Further south in Fayetteville, the rate was 8.4 percent - down from 9.1.


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