North Carolina’s April County and Area Employment Figures Released May 28, 2014

RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 99 of North Carolina’s counties in April and increased in one. All 14 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases.

Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 11.6 percent while Orange County had the lowest at 4.0 percent. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 9.1 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville at 4.5 percent had the lowest. The April not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 6.0 percent.

When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties. All 14 metro areas experienced rate decreases over the year.

The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) increased in April by 25,952 to 4,380,705, while those unemployed decreased 27,552 to 280,798. Since April 2013, the number of workers employed state- wide increased 66,722, while those unemployed decreased 91,220.

It is important to note that employment estimates are subject to large seasonal patterns; therefore, it is advisable to focus on over-the-year changes in the not seasonally adjusted estimates.

The next unemployment update is scheduled for Friday, June 20, 2014 when the state unemployment rate for May 2014 will be released.

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