The state Employment Security Commission released their latest statistics on Tuesday.
The rate increased in 27 counties and remained the same in seven.
“Rates were down in nearly two-thirds of the state’s counties over-the-month,” said ESC Chairman Lynn R. Holmes. “Continued focus on job growth and finding work for our customers remains our priority.”
40 counties were at or below the state’s unadjusted unemployment rate of 9.7 percent. Orange County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in December, at 5.8 percent. Graham County had the highest rate, at 15.8 percent.
Some other notables: Wake County registered at 7.5 percent, Durham County 7.1 percent and Cumberland County 9.0 percent.