|Unemployment Rates Rise in 97 NC Counties, High Country Feels Pinch|
|Written by Adam Hicks|
|Thursday, 05 February 2009 07:25|
The number of unemployed residents seeking benefits rose in all but three counties across the state.
The Employment Security Commission of North Carolina recently released their in-depth statistics for the month of December, which saw a statewide increase of .7 percent in the unemployment rate.
Ashe County saw one of the highest increases in December. Ashe’s unemployment rate increased by 1.8 percent to bring their total up to 10.1.
The unemployment rate also increased in Avery and Watauga counties by .8 and .6 percent respectively.
Avery’s new unemployment rate is 7.6 and Watauga’s is 5.7.
Watauga County has the second lowest unemployment rate in the state, only trailing Orange County’s 4.8 percent.
The average unemployment rate across the state for the month of December is 8.5.
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