County jobless rates fall statewide

Posted May 28, 2010

— Unemployment rates dropped in 99 of North Carolina's 100 counties in April, the state Employment Security Commission said Friday.

The drop came a month after the state recorded an unprecedented drop in unemployment in every county.

"The positive news in the April county data is that there has been an increase in the number of workers employed throughout the state,” ESC Chairman Lynn Holmes said in a statement. “At the same time, the news is tempered by the fact that more than half of the counties still have unemployment rates over the unadjusted rate of 10 percent.”

The number of workers employed statewide increased by 30,780 in April, to 4,089,754. The number of people unemployed dropped by 42,446, to 455,013.

Sixty-three counties have double-digit unemployment, but that figure was 75 counties in March. The statewide unemployment rate was 10.8 percent in April.

Wilson County was the only county statewide that didn't see its unemployment rate drop in April, as the rate inched up to 12.2 percent from 12.1 percent.

Unemployment in Wake County dropped from 8.6 to 8 percent, while Durham County's rate went from 8 to 7.4 percent. Cumberland County's rate dropped from 9.2 to 8.6 percent, and Johnston County's went from 10.2 to 9.2 percent.

Orange County, which often has the state's lowest unemployment rate, fell from 6.4 to 5.9 percent. But Currituck County reported the state's lowest unemployment rate in April, at 5.8 percent. Scotland County had the highest rate, at 15.8 percent.

For metro areas, the jobless rate in Raleigh-Cary dropped from 8.9 to 8.3 percent, while Durham-Chapel Hill went from 7.8 to 7.2 percent. Fayetteville's rate went from 9.1percent to 8.6 percent, Rocky Mount's from 13.6 to 13 percent and Goldsboro's from 9.2 to 8.6 percent.


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  • lovelarvae May 28, 2010

    "here you are,democratic underground.. at all the carvile quotes,i put the nice ones up here."


    Try again. There is still no source, just a quote floating in thin air. And one of the links takes you back to the original unsourced quote on Thinkexist. Was it in a media interview? On TV, in print? What was the date? What was the venue? Anything?

  • LETS DIVE May 28, 2010

    here you are,democratic underground.. at all the carvile quotes,i put the nice ones up here.

  • WatchDogNC May 28, 2010

    Orange County taxes is higher than Cary if you live in Chapel Hill. And if you live in the smaller towns you are still getting sucked dry. The clowns that run the County will not let new business in, unless it can be hidden by trees, green, not upset bird migrations, and make Barry Jacobs rich.

  • iworkandpaytaxes May 28, 2010

    "Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives" - John Stuart Mill English economist & philosopher (1806 - 1873)

  • lovelarvae May 28, 2010

    "why is it neo libs need sources when it is about one of theirs,buit not for a republican?"


    You're the one who posted an unsourced quote. I'm just asking for proof that it's real. Can you provide it? Don't blame me for asking you to back up a quote you pull out of thin air.

  • lovelarvae May 28, 2010

    "James Carville quotes available at"


    I know. That's the ONLY place I found them when I googled the quote. And even on that sight it was unsourced. So I'm still asking, could you provide a original source for the quote?

  • hardwork919 May 28, 2010

    "I noticed recently that Durham is evaluating going fare-free on DATA buses; saw a letter in the H-Sun in support of that plan. I think it would be great if Durham were to go in that direction. The revenue lost at the fare box is partially offset by eliminating the admin of collecting and monitoring the fares, passes, etc., plus the routes move a lot faster without having to wait for each rider to pass by the driver with their fares. Ridership would increase dramatically, increasing the amount DATA would then qualify for under various Fed programs." unc70

    I've heard this too recently and think it would be a step in the right direction... I've seen far too often where a bus is constantly delayed by a person who doesn't have the right amount of change or they can't find it and it just brings about delays... hopefully, this measure gets passed and that extra money from getting rid of the admins is offset... fiscally, it makes sense and for the community it makes sense... win-win...

  • Bill Brasky May 28, 2010

    So we go from talking about the county jobless rates falling in 99 of NC's 100 counties and someone hijacks the thread quoting fake James Carville quotes...and people say we aren't free!

  • LETS DIVE May 28, 2010

    why is it neo libs need sources when it is about one of theirs,buit not for a republican?

  • chowchowmom May 28, 2010

    James Carville quotes available at