Rowan’s February unemployment up to 12%

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Rowan County’s unemployment rate rose to 12 percent in February, up from 11.4 in January.
Unemployment rates increased in all but one of North Carolina’s 100 counties in February, according to statistics released today by the state’s Employment Security Commission.
Other unemployment rates for the surrounding counties are:
– Cabarrus ó 11.2, up from 10.1 in January.
– Davidson ó 13.4, up from 12.1.
– Davie ó 11.2, up from 10.3.
– Iredell ó 12.9, up from 11.7
– Stanly ó 12.2, up from 12.1.
“Virtually every job sector in North Carolina has had some loss because of the national recession,” said ESC Chairman Moses Carey Jr.
“The ESC is working hard to assist those workers who are out of a job. And, over the course of the next week we will begin paying an additional $25 a week to those who are eligible for unemployment benefits.”
The extra $25 is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will be retroactively paid to the week ending February 28 for those who were eligible for unemployment benefits during that time.
North Carolina had 42 counties which were at or below the state’s unadjusted unemployment rate of 11.3 percent. Rates increased in all 14 of the state’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas.
Total county employment (not-seasonally adjusted) decreased in February by 12,302 workers, from 4,055,997 to 4,043,695. Not-seasonally adjusted unemployment increased, by 52,824 workers.
The unemployment total in February was 512,659 workers, compared with 459,835 in January.
Orange County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate, at 6.5 percent, in February. Meanwhile, Graham County had the highest unemployment rate, at 17.9 percent.
The five counties receiving the highest amount in unemployment insurance benefits in February were: Mecklenburg, $19.8 million; Wake, $15.2 million; Guilford, $10.2 million; Gaston, $6.9 million; and Forsyth, $6.2 million.
In February, $212.2 million in benefits was paid to 233,077 individuals statewide, compared with $201.5 million to 234,114 individuals in January.