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RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in all 100 of North Carolina’s
counties in July. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.6 percent while Buncombe,
Swain, and Chatham Counties each had the lowest at 2.9 percent. All fifteen of the state’s metro areas
experienced rate decreases. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount had the highest rate at 6.0 percent
while Asheville had the lowest at 2.9 percent. The July not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 3.7

Southeastern North Carolina counties were: Bladen 4.5, Brunswick 4.3, Columbus 4.5, Cumberland 5.6,
Duplin 3.7, New Hanover 3.2, Pender 3.4, Robeson 6.2 and Sampson 3.9.

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.

The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) increased in July by 31,277 to
4,966,822, while those unemployed decreased by 18,851 to 190,340. Since July 2021, the number of
workers employed statewide increased 214,946, while those unemployed decreased 65,092.

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, September 16, 2022 when the state
unemployment rate for August 2022 will be released.

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