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Unemployment Jumps for High Country, State PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 05:36

Seasonal factors is what state officials are blaming for a jump in unemployment across the state, and with the Leisure and Hospitality taking a hit, rates jumped for the High Country’s Counties for January. The state rate increased to 10.5%. The Ashe County rate came in at 14.2%--up 2.6%, while Avery’s rate increased 1.2%, coming in at 13.4%. Watauga’s rate jumped 1.5% to 9.3%. Rates increased in 95 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, decreased in three counties and remained the same in two counties. “Seasonal losses in retail as well as the leisure and hospitality sector contributed to gains in the unemployment rates,” said N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll. Rates increased in the 14 Metropolitan Statistical Areas.  The number of workers employed, decreased in January by 3,265 to 4,165,580. The number of people unemployed increased 13,681 in January to 488,427, compared to 474,746 in December.

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