Unemployment drops in North Carolina

RALEIGH Rates increased in 11 counties and remained the same in five.

"While many of our counties are experiencing a slight decrease in unemployment, our state still faces significant challenges because of national recession," said Employment Security Commission Chairman Moses Carey Jr. "We encourage those seeking work or needing to file for benefits to use the services of our many offices statewide. The ESC is working hard to help those who are unemployed find good jobs."

North Carolina had 40 counties which were at or below the state’s unadjusted unemployment rate of 10.9 percent. Rates decreased in 13 of the state’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas and remained the same in one.

Orange County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate, at 6.1 percent, in March. Meanwhile, Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate, at 16.6 percent.

In the Triangle metropolitan areas, Durham-Chapel Hill was at 7.6 percent, down from 8 percent. Fayetteville sits at 9.1 percent, down from 9.5 percent, and Raleigh -Cary is at 8.6 percent, down from 8.8 percent.

Here are the numbers from some of the counties around the Triangle:

· Chatham 7.9 down -0.7

· Cumberland 9.1 down -0.5

· Durham 7.7 down -0.3

· Franklin 10.8 down -0.1

· Halifax 13.7 down -0.9

· Moore 10.2 down -0.8

· Nash 12.9 down -0.3

· Orange 6.1 down -0.4

· Person 12.4 down -0.2

· Scotland 16.6 down -0.2

· Wake 8.2 down -0.1

· Warren 14.5 down -0.6

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