The ESC released the state's latest numbers on Friday. Ninety-seven counties reported a decrease while ratesincreased in two counties and remained the same in one.
"Unemployment rates decreased in nearly every county," said ESC Chairman Lynn R. Holmes. "Economic challenges continue to impact communities across North Carolina. We still have more than a third of the state's counties with over 10 percent unemployment. Throughout our offices statewide, our staff continues to step up the effort to find work for job seekers and assist those who qualify for benefits."
Forty-nine counties were at or below 9.1 percent for September and rates decreased in all 14 of the state's metropolitan areas, including Durham-Chapel Hill, Raleigh-Cary, Fayetteville, Goldsboro and Rocky Mount.For a complete list of rates by county, click here.