RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 92 of North Carolina’s counties in November, increased in four, and remained the same in four. Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 9.8 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 2.5 percent. All of the state’s 15 metro areas experienced rate decreases. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount and Fayetteville at 4.6 percent had the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 2.6 percent. The November not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 3.4 percent.
When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates increased in 11 counties, decreased in 76, and remained the same in 13. All of the state’s 15 metro areas experienced rate decreases.
The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in November by 32,434 to 4,935,767, while those unemployed decreased by 11,654 to 173,571. Since November 2018, the number of workers employed statewide increased 124,001, while those unemployed decreased 6,679.
Bladen County’s rate was 4.3. Other southeastern counties and their rates: Brunswick 4.4, Columbus 4.5, Cumberland 4.6, Duplin 3.6, New Hanover 3.0, Onslow 4.0, Pender 3.5, Robeson 4.9 and Sampson 3.3.
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, January 24, 2020 when the state unemployment rate for December 2019 will be released.