Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 92 of North Carolina’s counties in May, decreased in seven, and remained unchanged in one. All 14 of the state’s metropolitan statistical regions experienced rate increases. The statewide rate for May was 6.6%.
When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties and all 14 metro areas experienced rate decreases over the year.
The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) increased in May by 33,207 to 4,414,534, while those unemployed increased 29,237 to 312,061. Since May 2013, the number of workers employed statewide increased by 72,777, while those unemployed decreased by 77,813.
In the Unifour, Catawba County was up seven-tenths at 7.2%. Alexander County also saw an increase of seven-tenths at 6.1%. Burke County finished May at 7.0%, an increase of six-tenths, and Caldwell was up half a point at 7.5%.
Elsewhere in the area, Ashe County was up two-tenths at 7.6%. Avery was unchanged at 7.3%. Buncombe came in at 4.9%, an increase of four-tenths. The numbers in Cabarrus County rose by six-tenths, finishing at 6.0%. Gaston County saw an increase of half a point, coming in at 6.6%. Iredell was also up half a point at 6.3% and Lincoln increased by four-tenths at 6.3%. McDowell finished May at 7.2%, an increase of half a point. Watauga was up seven-tenths at 6.3% and Wilkes came in at 7.5%, up six-tenths.
The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton metro region continues to post the 12th highest numbers among the state’s 14 statistical regions, finishing May at 7.1%, an increase of six-tenths. Only the Rocky Mount and Fayetteville metro regions are higher at 9.8% and 7.7%, respectively.
The state unemployment rate for June will be released on July 18.