Tyrrell County reports highest unemployment percentage in November

Published 10:16 pm Thursday, January 18, 2018


Beaufort County’s unemployment rate increased from 4.7 percent in October 2017 to 5.2 percent in November 2017, according to the Labor & Economics Analysis Division of the N.C. Department of Commerce.

From October through November, unemployment rates increased in 99 of the state’s 100 counties and decreased only in Caldwell County, according to LEAD data.

Among the state’s 100 counties in November, 67 of them had unemployment rates of 5 percent or lower, 33 counties had jobless rates between 5 percent and 10 percent and no county had a jobless rate of 10 percent or higher. Tyrrell County had the highest unemployment rate in November at 8.1 percent, according to LEAD data. Buncombe County had the lowest jobless rate in November at 3.4 percent.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate increased from 4.1 percent in October to 4.5 percent in November, according to LEAD data.

“Despite North Carolina’s increased unemployment rate, signs point to a continuation of our economic expansion heading into 2018. Yes, the picture isn’t quite as rosy as it looked this (past) summer — with six straight months of increased unemployment insurance claims. However, broader trends remain positive. North Carolina’s continuing to grow jobs. More people are participating in the labor force. And the U.S. economy as a whole, which greatly impacts local conditions, is showing no signs of slowing,” according to a Commerce Department document.

In November, Beaufort County’s workforce totaled 19,923 people. Of that number, 1,036 people were unable to find employment and 18,887 workforce members were on the job, according to LEAD data. For October, In September, Beaufort County’s workforce totaled 20,134 people, with 890 of them unemployed, according to LEAD figures. That meant 19,244 members of the workforce were on the job and getting paid.

All 15 of the state’s metropolitan areas experienced a jobless-rate increase from October through November, according to LEAD data.

Hyde County’s jobless rate increased from 5.4 percent in October to 7.5 percent in November. In November 2016, its unemployment rate was at 9.8 percent.

From October to November, Martin County’s unemployment rate rose from at 4.9 percent to 5.6 percent. In November 2016, its jobless rate was at 6.7 percent.

Pitt County’s jobless rate was at 4.9 percent in November, rising from 4.4 percent in October. In November 2016, its unemployment rate was at 5.2 percent.

Washington County’s unemployment rate increased from 6.6 percent in October to 7.1 percent in November. In November 2016, the county’s jobless rate was at 7.6 percent.

The Washington statistical area’s jobless rate in November was 5.2 percent, up from 4.7 percent for the previous month. The Greenville-Washington combined statistical area’s jobless rate for November was 4.9 percent, up from 4.5 percent in October, according to LEAD figures.

Of the state’s 15 metropolitan statistical areas, five of the six MSAs east of Interstate 95 and the Fayetteville MSA had the highest unemployment rates in November, all above or at the state rate of 4.5 percent, according to LEAD figures. The Wilmington MSA’s jobless rate for November was 4.3 percent. The Rocky Mount MSA had the highest jobless rate in the state at 6.5 percent for November.

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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