Hyde County October workforce totals 2,111 people

Published 7:46 pm Wednesday, December 6, 2017



Hyde County’s jobless rate increased from 5.2 percent in September to 5.4 percent in October, according to the Labor & Economics Analysis Division of the N.C. Department of Commerce. In October 2016, its unemployment rate was at 8.1 percent.

During October, the county’s workforce totaled 2,111 people. Of that number, 1,996 people were employed and getting paychecks. That left 115 people unable to secure employment, according to LEAD figures.

From September through October, unemployment rates increased in 93 of the state’s 100 counties and were unchanged in seven counties, according to LEAD data.

Among the state’s 100 counties in October, 78 of them had unemployment rates of 5 percent or lower, 22 counties had jobless rates between 5 percent and 10 percent and no county had a jobless rate of 10 percent or higher. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate in October at 7.2 percent, according to LEAD data. Buncombe County had the lowest jobless rate in October at 3.3 percent.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate increased from 3.9 percent in September of 4.1 percent in October, according to LEAD figures.

“North Carolina’s economic expansion continued in October with a low unemployment rate and positive job growth. The rate of job growth has slowed in 2017, driven in part by a slowdown in the Construction sector. However, most other economic indicators suggest ongoing improvement, with no clear signs of recession on the horizon,” according to a Commerce Department document.

The jobless figures released by the Commerce Department 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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