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Jobless rates up in area counties

By Staff
Unemployment in Hyde County down last month
By MIKE VOSS
Contributing Editor
Unemployment rates for June increased slightly in Beaufort, Martin and Washington counties when compared to jobless rates in May.
Hyde County’s jobless rate for June decreased slightly when compared to unemployment rates in May.
The state’s jobless rate for June was 6.2 percent, a 0.4 percent increase when compared to May’s unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, according to data released by the N.C. Employment Security Commission.
Hyde County, which had the state’s highest unemployment rate in February at 11.8 percent, saw its jobless rate fall to 4.8 percent in June, a drop since May of 0.8 percent.
Beaufort County’s unemployment rate for June was 6.8 percent, an increase of 0.2 percent from May’s jobless rate of 6.6 percent.
Martin County’s jobless rate for June was 6.7 percent, a 0.4 percent increase from May’s unemployment rate of 6.3 percent.
Washington County’s unemployment rate increased from 6.8 percent in May to 7.1 percent in May, a 0.3 percent rise.
In Beaufort County, the work force for June was at 22,050 people, with 20,548 of them with jobs. That left 1,502 people unable to find work.
In Hyde County, there were 3,062 people in the labor force during March, with 2,916 of them employed. That left 146 members of the labor force unable to find jobs.
In Martin County, there were 12,156 people in the labor force during June, with 11,341 of them employed. That left 815 members of the work force unable to find jobs.
In Washington County, there were 6,612 people in the labor force during June, with 6,141 of them employed. That left 471 members of the labor force unable to find employment.
Across the state, there were 4,600,680 people in the labor force during June, with 4,316,715 of them employed. That left 283, 965 members of the work force unable to secure employment.
In North Carolina, 82 of the 100 counties experienced unemployment-rate increases in June, according to statistics released by the Employment Security Commission. Rates decreased in nine counties and remained the same in nine counties.
Across the state, total county employment (not-seasonally adjusted) increased in June by 19,441 workers from 4,297,274 to 4,316,533. Not-seasonally adjusted unemployment increased by 19,306 workers. The unemployment total in June was 283,965 compared with 264,659 in May.
In June, 14 counties had jobless rates less than 5 percent. Eighty-four counties had unemployment rates from 5 percent to 10 percent. Two counties had a jobless rate more than 10 percent.
In May, 18 counties had jobless rates less than 5 percent. Eighty-one counties had unemployment rates from 5 percent to 10 percent. One county had a jobless rate more than 10 percent.
For June, Currituck County had the state’s lowest jobless rate at 3.4 percent. For that same month, Scotland County had the highest jobless rate in the state at 10.7 percent.