RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in June. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 11.5 percent, while Duplin had
the lowest at 5.4 percent. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced decreases. Among the metro areas, Fayetteville had the highest rate at 10.0 percent, and New Bern had the lowest at 6.7 percent.
The June report, not seasonally adjusted, statewide rate was 7.9 percent.
When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates increased in all 100 counties. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases.
Bladen County’s rate was 7.1. Other southeastern North Carolina counties: Brunswick 8.5, Columbus 7.8, Cumberland 10.1, Duplin 5.4, Onslow 7.3, Pender 6.7, Robeson 8.9, Sampson 5.7.
The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) increased in June by 214,058 to 4,439,240, while those unemployed decreased by 232,889 to 380,123. Since June 2019, the number of
workers employed statewide decreased 445,126, while those unemployed increased 166,971.
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 21, 2020 when the state unemployment rate for July 2020 will be released.