- Written by Steve Frank
Unemployment rates bumped up in May, increasing in 92 of North Carolinas counties, decreased in just seven, and remained unchanged in one. But there was evidence of the beginning of the summer travel season, with the some of the lowest unemployment rates at the coast and in the mountains. While Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.7 percent while Currituck County on the coast had the lowest at 4.6 percent. And Among the Metro areas, Asheville at 5.1percent had the lowest rate while Rocky Mountat 9.8 percent experienced the highest rate. The May not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 6.6 percent. In the High Country, the rate in Ashe bumped .2% to 7.4% while Averys rate was unchanged from April at 7.3%. Wataugas rate jumped .7% to 6.3 from our low April rate of 5.6%, possibly impacted by graduation and seasonal fluctuations. Both Wilkes and Caldwell rates landed at 7.5% both up over a half-percent.