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May Unemployment Drops Across High Country PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Friday, 24 June 2011 11:14

Unemployment rates decreased in just under half of North Carolina’s 100 counties in May. Rates decreased in 40 counties, increased in 44 counties and remained the same in 16. “Seasonal hiring has begun to increase in some areas of North Carolina,” said ESC Chairman Lynn R. Holmes.

“We experienced growth in several of our industrial sectors last month and over the year.  We continue to focus on growing jobs and working with our economic, education and workforce development partners. Our offices remain committed to assisting job seekers and employers.” North Carolina had 40 counties that were at or below the state’s unadjusted unemployment rate of 9.7 percent. Rates increased in 10 of the state’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas, decreased in one and remained the same in three. Ashe Unemployment dropped .3 of a percent to 10.4, while Avery dropped over a point, from 11.3 to 10.2%. Watauga dropped .2 from 7.6 to 7.4%


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