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North Carolina’s Unemployment for August Decreased in 98 of 100 Counties Including Ashe, Avery and Watauga

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Oct. 4, 2013. Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 98 of North Carolina’s counties in August, increased in one and remained the same in one. All fourteen of the State’s metro areas experienced rate decreases.

  • Ashe County: 9.7 percent – decrease of 1 percent from July; decrease of 1 percent over year
  • Avery County: 8.6 percent – decrease of .4 percent from July; decrease of 1.8 percent over year
  • Watauga County: 7.3 percent – decrease of .6 percent from July; decrease of 1 percent over year

Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 15.2 percent while Currituck County had the lowest at 4.1 percent. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 12.0 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville at 6.3 percent had the lowest. The August not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 8.3 percent.

When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties. All 14 metro areas experienced rate decreases over the year.

The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in August by 19,577 to 4,300,113, while those unemployed decreased 44,354 to 388,448. Since August 2012, the number of workers employed statewide increased 41,105, while those unemployed decreased 69,993.

It is important to note that employment estimates are subject to large seasonal patterns; therefore, it is advisable to focus on over-the-year changes in the not seasonally adjusted estimates.

The statewide unemployment rate release for September 2013 is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

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