RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 99 of North Carolina’s counties in June and decreased in one, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce on Wednesday. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 9.4 percent while Orange County had the lowest at 3.7 percent.
All fifteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount had the highest rate at 7.1 percent while Durham-Chapel Hill had the lowest at 4.1 percent. The June not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.9 percent.
When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases over the year.
North Carolina county’s unemployment rates: Bladen 5.7, Brunswick 6.0, Columbus 6.2, Duplin 4.6, New Hanover 4.4, Pender 4.4, Robeson 7.3 and Sampson 4.5.
The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) increased in June by 53,513 to 4,790,820, while those unemployed increased by 24,549 to 246,934. Since June 2020, the number of workers employed statewide increased 376,701, while those unemployed decreased 185,399.
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 next unemployment update is scheduled for Friday, August 20, when the state unemployment rate for July 2021 will be released.