Jobless rate increases

Published 5:43 pm Wednesday, September 2, 2015



Beaufort County’s unemployment rate increased from June to July, moving from 7 percent to 7.2 percent, according to the Labor & Economics Analysis Division of the N.C. Department of Commerce.

From June to July, unemployment rates increased in 78 other counties in the state. The jobless rates declined in six counties from June to July, while 15 counties experienced no change in their unemployment rates in that same period. The state’s unemployment rate for July was 6.3 percent, up from 6.1 percent in June, according to LEAD data. The state’s monthly jobless rate has increased five months in a row.

Statewide, there’s a trend of continued job loss in the government sector, according to LEAD information. In the Charlotte metropolitan statistical area (which includes Gastonia and Concord) from June to July, 18,400 jobs in the government sector were lost. Closer to home, there were 1,300 jobs in the government sector lost from June to July in the Greenville MSA.

In July, Beaufort County’s workforce totaled 20,187 people. Of that amount, 1,452 were unable to secure employment, and 18,735 people were drawing paychecks. In June, there were 20,139 people in the Beaufort County workforce, according to LEAD information. Of that number, 1,412 people did not have jobs and 18,727 were bringing home paychecks, according to LEAD data.

In July, two of the state’s 100 counties had unemployment rates  at or below 5 percent, 94 counties had unemployment rates between 5 percent and 10 percent and four counties had jobless rates at 10 percent or higher, according to LEAD figures. Graham and Scotland counties had the highest jobless rates in July at 11.7 percent. Buncombe County had the lowest jobless rate in July at 4.8 percent.

Hyde County’s jobless rate was at 6.3 percent in July, down from 7 percent in June.

In Martin County, the unemployment rate for July was at 8.9 percent, up from 8.3 percent in June.

Washington County’s unemployment rate was at 9 percent in July, up from 8.8 percent in June.

In Pitt County, the jobless rate was at  7 percent in July, up from 6.8 percent in June.

The Greenville-Washington combined statistical area’s unemployment rate was at 7 percent in July, up from 6.9 percent in June.

The jobless figures released by the state do not include unemployed people whose unemployment insurance benefits expired and who are not listed as unemployed. Factor in those people and a county’s true jobless rate is higher.


About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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