The ESC said Wednesday that unemployment rates increased in 58 of North Carolina's 100 counties in February. Rates decreased in 19 counties and remained the same in 23.
"The February data demonstrate the uncertain nature of the current economic conditions," said ESC Chairman Lynn Holmes. "Some areas experienced industry employment gains, but overall we continue to face challenges on the road to recovery."
Around the Triangle, most counties show no change:
- Chatham - 8.4%, no change
- Cumberland - 9.9%, no change
- Durham - 8.5%, no change
- Johnston - 11.2%, up .03
- Orange - 6.9%, no change
- Wake- 9.2%, no change
The ESC also measures the rates for the Triangle's metropolitan areas:
- Durham-Chapel Hill - 8.4%, no change.
- Fayetteville - 9.8%, no change.
- Goldsboro - 9.8%, down from 9.9 percent.
- Raleigh-Cary - 9.6%, up from 9.5 percent.
- Rocky Mount - 14.7%, up from 14.6 percent.