Unemployment rises in N.C. metro areas, most counties

Posted June 26, 2009

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— May's unemployment rate increased in 82 of North Carolina's 100 counties and topped 8 percent in Triangle metro areas, according to new numbers Friday from the North Carolina Employment Security Commission.
Rates decreased in 16 counties and remained the same in two.

"All of the state's 100 counties continue to be challenged by this recession," ESC Chairman Moses Carey Jr. said in a news release.

The Triangle's brightest spot was Orange County, whose unemployment rate of 6.7 percent was among the lowest in the state. Still, unemployment in Orange County jumped nearly 1 percent from April.

The unemployment rate ranged from 6.3 percent in Currituck County to 17.2 percent in Scotland County. Seventy-two counties' rates crested at 10 percent, and 54 counties were higher than the state's record unemployment rate of 11.1 percent in May.

Rates also rose in all of the state's 14 metropolitan areas.

The Raleigh-Cary area's rate jumped 0.6 percent to 8.9 percent, and the Durham-Chapel Hill area saw a rate increase of 0.8 percent, up to 8.1 percent. Fayetteville and Goldsboro both had an unemployment rate of 9.2 percent, up from 8.4 percent and 8.7 percent, respectively. Rocky Mount was at 14.2 percent.

All but two counties in and surrounding the Triangle saw more workers join the ranks of the unemployed in May. Northampton County's rate decreased 0.4 percent to 11 percent, while Lee County's remained steady at 14.9 percent.

Wake County had an unemployment rate of 8.6 percent, Durham County, 8.1 percent, Johnston County, 10.2 percent, Chatham County, 8.6 percent, Harnett County, 11.7 percent, and Franklin County, 10.6 percent.

The other county that had a lower rate than in April was Currituck, which dropped 0.7 percent.

May unemployment rates in Metropolitan Statistical Areas:

Asheville — 9.2 percent, up from 9.0 percent
Burlington — 12.2 percent, up from 12 percent
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord NC-SC — 12 percent, up from 11.3 percent
Durham-Chapel Hill — 8.1 percent, up from 7.3 percent
Fayetteville — 9.2 percent, up from 8.4 percent
Goldsboro — 9.2 percent, up from 8.7 percent
Greensboro-High Point — 11.9 percent, up from 11.1 percent
Greenville — 11 percent, up from 10.1 percent
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton — 15.4 percent, up from 14.9 percent
Jacksonville — 8.5 percent, up from 7.8 percent
Raleigh-Cary — 8.9 percent, up from 8.3 percent
Rocky Mount — 14.2 percent, up from 13.6 percent
Wilmington — 10 percent up from 9.5 percent
Winston-Salem — 10.5 percent, up from 9.7 percent.

May unemployment rates in Triangle-area counties:

Alamance — 12.2 percent, up from 12.0 percent
Chatham — 8.6 percent, up from 7.9 percent
Cumberland — 9.3 percent, up from 8.5 percent
Durham — 8.1 percent, up from 7.3 percent
Edgecombe — 15.7 percent, up from 15.2 percent
Franklin — 10.6 percent, up from 10.1 percent
Granville — 10.8 percent, up from 9.9 percent
Halifax — 14.4 percent, up from 14.2 percent
Harnett  —11.7 percent, up from 11.0 percent
Hoke — 8.5 percent, up from 8.0 percent
Johnston — 10.2 percent, 10.1 percent
Lee — 14.9 percent, same as 14.9 percent
Moore — 10.2 percent, 9.6 percent
Nash — 13.5 percent, up from 12.8 percent
Northampton — 11.0 percent, down from 11.4 percent
Orange — 6.7 percent, up from 5.8 percent
Person — 12.1 percent, up from 11.4 percent
Vance — 13.6 percent, up from 13.1 percent
Wake — 8.6 percent, up from 7.9 percent
Warren — 13.1 percent, up from 12.6 percent
Wayne — 9.2 percent, up from 8.7 percent
Wilson — 13.6 percent, up from 13.1 percent


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 26, 2009

    More "change" (Socialism) that you can count on from our Socialist President Obama.

    The "change" will be the change left in your pocket after the Cap and Trade Tax and the healthcare tax are implemented.

  • Surething Jun 26, 2009

    "I'm a Democrat and "Green Job" legislation is not the answer. It will compound the problem into depression."

    I gotta say this is the first time that Citzen and I have agreed on a topic as well.

  • LIVEITUP Jun 26, 2009

    Sceeter...stop making excuses. Only 3 interviews since March, what else are you doing with all of that free time? "Only" been on unemployment 3 times.
    When $ got tight for my husband and myself, I got a job as a waitress. I worked on Friday nights 6-3am, got up Sat. morning and worked with my family at the farmers market 6am-12pm, and went in to waitress Sat night 6-10pm.
    You do what it takes to get by. You get rid of some "stuff" if you can't afford it.
    Lets stop waiting for someone else to feed us and wipe our behinds!

  • Caveman93 Jun 26, 2009

    Get out of the dollar as soon as possible. Reports are coming in that all US Embassy's are buying local currencies. Probably about 180 more days and that's all she wrote!

  • time4real Jun 26, 2009

    great, now is defintely time to tax us more so we can pay for Bev's bull!

  • sceeter Jun 26, 2009

    I just came from a interview in Orange. I live in Chatham. It was only my 3rd since March. The other 2, I didn't get offered.

    The gentleman I interviewed said he had received nearly 100 resumes for the 1 front desk job within 24 hours of posting his ad. I am in competition with 100+ folks. It was the same story with the other 2 a week ago.

    I have worked since I was 17. I'm now 42. I've been on unemployment only 3 (including this time) times since age 17. I've paid into the system, into unemployment, into Medicaid, into Food Stamps.

    I do not qualify for Medicaid or Food Stamps. I make $200 gross more PER MONTH (or $50 GROSS per week) with unemployment than they say I should & yet can barely pay bills. Unemployment pays more than CVS or burgers for the time being.

    I've paid taxes since 17. I do not feel guilty for unemployment when it pays more per week, though not enough per month.

    Now, I can work at CVS or burgers & I'd get Caid & Stamps.
    Would that make you happier?

  • affirmativediversity Jun 26, 2009

    citizen782 posted, "I'm a Democrat and "Green Job" legislation is not the answer. It will compound the problem into depression."


    Holy Cow...its going to snow in July because Citizen 782 and I agree on something! :)

  • jpquick Jun 26, 2009

    In keeping with recent proposals submitted by Democrats in the state capital, I would like to propose that we increase sales and income taxes in all counties that show a decrease in unemployment each month.

    By spreading misery and economic decline around as much as possible, we will guarantee a truly egalitarian society for all North Carolina residents.

  • WRALblows Jun 26, 2009

    Those who have the money (the corporations and banks) control the money. Those of us who do not control money control absolutely nothing in America including the corporations and banks.

  • WRALblows Jun 26, 2009

    I'm a Democrat and "Green Job" legislation is not the answer. It will compound the problem into depression.