Unemployment up for June across the state

Published 1:57 pm Wednesday, August 1, 2018

RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 97 of North Carolina’s counties in June and decreased in three.

Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 8 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.2 percent.

All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 6.3 percent had the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 3.4 percent. The June not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.2 percent.

Rowan’s rate for June was 4.2 percent, up from 3.7 percent in May. The June 2017 rate was 4.6 percent. Rowan ranks 46th in the state for unemployment.

In Cabarrus, the rate is 3.8 percent, up from 3.3 percent in May. The 2017 rate was 4.2 percent. Cabarrus ranks 17th.

• Davidson — 3.9 percent, up from 3.4 percent; 2017 was 4.4 percent.

• Davie — 3.7 percent, up from 3.3 in May 2018; 2017 was 4 percent.

• Iredell — 3.9 percent, up from 3.3 in May; 2017’s rate was 4.2 percent.

• Stanly — 3.7 percent for June; 3.2 percent for May; 4.1 percent in June 2017.

When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 94 counties, increased in one, and remained unchanged in five.

All 15 metro areas experienced rate decreases over the year. The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in June by 4,194 to 4,831,175, while those unemployed increased 27,361 to 212,051. Since June 2017, the number of workers employed statewide increased 103,355, while those unemployed decreased 13,887.