Jobless rate climbsPublished 6:30pm Saturday, July 28, 2012
Beaufort County’s unemployment rate rose 0.5 percent from May to June, going from 10.8 percent to 11.3 percent, according to figures released by the N.C. Department of Labor’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division.
The state’s jobless rate increased 0.4 percent from May to June, going from 9.5 percent to 9.9 percent according to LEAD data. Across the state, 84 of 100 counties saw their jobless rates increase from May to June. Eleven counties saw their jobless rates fall from May to June. Jobless rates were unchanged from May to June in five counties.
“Over-the-year numbers are showing a positive trend compared to the June numbers,” said N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll in a news release. “Since June of last year, rates are down in nearly all of North Carolina’s
100 counties. Job announcements continue to be made across our state and we remain focused on getting people back to work. Working with employers statewide and providing assistance in our employment service offices is critical to finding opportunities for our customers.”
Beaufort County’s work force was at 21,470 people in June according to LEAD figures. Of that number, 2,432 were unable to find work.
Beaufort County’s work force was at 21,367 people in May according to LEAD figures. Of that number, 2,293 were unable to find work.
Hyde County’s jobless rate fell from 9.2 percent in May to 8.5 percent in June, a drop of 0.7 percent.
In June, Hyde County’s work force was at 3,041 people, with 259 of them without jobs.
For May, Hyde County’s work force was at 2,795 people, with 258 of them unable to find work, according to LEAD figures.
The jobless rate in Martin County increased 0.8 percent from May to June, going from 11.2 percent in May to 12 percent in June.
Martin County’s work force had 11,311 people in June, with 1,360 of that number without jobs.
The work force in Martin County for May totaled 11,478 people, according to LEAD data. Of that number, 1,282 could not find jobs.
Washington County’s unemployment rate for June was 11.9 percent, or 0.5 percent higher than the previous month’s jobless rate. The county’s jobless rate for May was 11.4 percent.
In June, Washington County’s work force had 6,662 people, with 791 of them unable to find work.
In Washington County, the May work force totaled 6,543 people, with 750 of them unable to secure employment, according to LEAD figures.
In Pitt County, the jobless rate increased from 9.8 percent in May to 10.6 percent in June, an increase of 0.8 percent.
For June, not one county had a jobless rate at 5 percent or below. There were 39 counties with unemployment rates between 5 percent and 10 percent. Sixty-one counties had unemployment rates at 10 percent or higher, according to LEAD figures.
Of the state’s 100 counties, Currituck County had the lowest jobless rate in June at 5.3 percent. Scotland County had the highest jobless rate in June at 17.6 percent.
The jobless figures released by LEAD do not include unemployed people whose unemployment insurance benefits expired and who are not listed as unemployed. Factor in those people and a county’s true jobless rate is higher.