Unemployment drops in all NC counties

April 23, 2010 7:39:08 AM PDT
Unemployment rates decreased in all of North Carolina's 100 counties in March, according to statistics released Friday by the state's Employment Security Commission.

"News that all North Carolina counties experienced a decrease in the local unemployment rate is certainly welcome, but we still have challenges ahead of us," said ESC Chairman Lynn R. Holmes.

Rates also decreased in all of the state's largest metropolitan areas:

  • Durham-Chapel Hill - 7.8 percent, down from 8.4 percent.
  • Fayetteville - 9.1 percent, down from 9.7 percent.
  • Goldsboro - 9.2 percent, down from 9.9 percent.
  • Raleigh-Cary - 8.9 percent, down from 9.6 percent.
  • Rocky Mount - 13.5 percent, down from 14.7 percent.

Orange County had the state's lowest unemployment rate in March, at 6.4 percent. Meanwhile, Graham County had the highest unemployment rate, at 17.2 percent.

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

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