We initially reported that June’s numbers were 14.1, however with July’s report, they have adjusted the June number to 14.2%. In July, it increased again to 14.7% Vance County is now tied for the 4th highest unemployment county in North Carolina, along with Graham County. Scotland, Edgecomb and Rutherford are the top 3 positions at 17.7%, 16.2% and 14.8% respectively. Warren County ended up with a 14.2% for July, making it the #5 top position, just after the Vance and Graham tie. Currituck County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in July, at 5.2 percent. From August 2010 to July 2011, approximately 21 million dollars have been paid via various unemployment programs in Vance County.
Unemployment rates decreased in 48 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in July. Rates increased in 39 counties and remained the same in 13. Not seasonally adjusted, government sector job loss offset small private sector gains. State and local government educational services were mostly affected. “All metropolitan areas across North Carolina experienced a loss in government employment, mainly in educational services,” said ESC Chairman Lynn R. Holmes. “The goal of Gov. Perdue, the ESC and our workforce development partners, is to grow jobs and put people back to work.”
North Carolina had 44 counties that were at or below the state’s unadjusted unemployment rate of 10.3 percent. Rates decreased in 11 of the state’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Rates increased in two and remained the same in one. The number of workers employed (not-seasonally adjusted) increased in July by 26,393 to 4,085,344. The number of people unemployed decreased by 743. The number of unemployed people in July was 471,032 workers, compared with 471,775 in June.
The state’s overall unemployment rate is 10.3%.