Jobless rate rises statewide, in all area counties


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Sunday, January 7, 2018

The percentage of unemployed North Carolinians increased both statewide and across the Albemarle in November, according to the latest data from the N.C. Department of Commerce.

All five counties in the region saw their jobless rates rise, with Perquimans posting the largest increase — 1 percent — from October. Perquimans’ unemployment rate in November was 6.1 percent.

Pasquotank County reported the second-highest jobless rate in November, 5.8 percent, up eight-tenths of a percent from October. Chowan’s rate was 5.4 percent, up half a percent. 

Currituck and Camden counties each posted 4.5 percent jobless rates in November. Currituck's rate was up seven-tenths of a percent, while Camden's rate rose half a percent.

Elsewhere, Gates posted a 4.6 percent jobless rate in November, up six-tenths of a percent.

Statewide, the jobless rate for November was 4.5 percent, which reflected a four-tenths-of-a-percent increase from October.

Tyrrell County, which posted a 8.1 percent rate, had the state’s worst jobless rate in November. It was followed by Scotland County, which posted a 7.9 percent rate

Other counties with high jobless rates in November included Edgecombe, Hyde, Halifax, Warren and Washington, each with rates of more than 7 percent

Buncombe County, which is home to Asheville, again posted the state’s lowest jobless rate: 3.4 percent. Other counties with low jobless rates included Orange, Alexander, Watuaga, Chatham, Wake and Henderson, each with rates less than 3.9 percent.

The jobless rates in Chowan, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties continued to rank among the bottom quarter of the state’s 100 counties. Currituck, Camden and Gates counties, meanwhile, ranked among the 50 best.  

The data continued to reflect a continuing employment pattern in North Carolina: Counties with the highest jobless rates are either along the I-95 corridor or east of it, while counties with the lowest rates are either in the Research Triangle area or the western part of the state.