Jobless rates hold steady in 3 counties, rise in one, fall in another

May 2018 county by county .jpg

Shown are North Carolina's jobless rates by county, as released by the N.C. Department of Commerce last week.


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Monday, July 2, 2018

Unemployment remained unchanged in three area counties in May, while it fell in a fourth county and increased in a fifth, N.C. Commerce data show.

The statewide jobless rate remained unchanged from April at 3.7 percent. The unemployment rates in Perquimans, Chowan and Camden also were unchanged from last month. Perquimans’ rate remained at 4.5 percent, while Chowan’s remained at 4.2 percent and Camden’s stayed at 3.5 percent.

Currituck’s jobless rate, meanwhile, ticked down two-tenths of a percent to 3.4 percent — good enough for the state’s 33rd best.

Pasquotank County's rate, however, tipped upward by a tenth of a percent to 4.4 percent. Pasquotank had the 23rd worst jobless rate in the state in May.

Perquimans and Chowan are also in the bottom third of counties with high jobless rates. Perquimans’ rate was 24th worst and Chowan’s rate was 33rd worst.

Camden recorded the state’s 33rd best jobless rate in May.  

Among other Albemarle counties, Gates posted a 3.8 percent rate, a dip of a tenth of a percent. Dare County posted a 4.2 percent rate, a decrease of eight tenths of a percent.

Looking at North Carolina as a whole, jobless rates decreased in 60 of the state's 100 counties in May, remained the same in 32 and increased in eight.

As has been the trend, the counties with the lowest rates are in the western part of the state and the Research Triangle.

Buncombe County, which is home to Asheville, again posted North Carolina's lowest rate, at 2.8 percent.

The trend at the other end of the spectrum also continued in May, as the counties with the highest jobless rates were in the eastern part of the state.

Scotland County posted the highest rate, at 7.5 percent. Edgecombe and Hyde counties posted 7 percent rates, Wilson County posted a 6.3 percent rate and Halifax posted a 5.9 percent rate.

Statewide, the number of workers employed increased in May by 37,232 to nearly 4.84 million, while the number of those unemployed decreased 1,008 to 184,582.