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Unemployment rate rises in May

Jessica PickensStaff Writer

July 9, 2012

The summer temperature isn’t the only thing on the rise in North Carolina. Unemployment rates have risen in 76 counties in May.


The report released on June 14 that though the rate has risen in 76 of North Carolina’s 100 counties during the past month, the overall year, has been promising.


“While rates were up in most counties, for May, over the year we see a positive downward trend,” said N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll. “Rates were down in 88 counties across North Carolina since May of last year. Our focus remains on growing jobs across the state as several key job announcements have been over the past several weeks.”


The unemployment rate in Surry County has risen to 10.1 percent from 9.7 percent in April 2012, according to a report from the Division of Employment Security Commission (DES).


In comparison, Surry County’s unemployment rate was 11 percent in May 2011, according to the DES report.


However, Surry county continues to have a higher unemployment rate than surrounding Stokes and Forsyth counties; Stokes with 8.9 percent and Forsyth with 8.9 percent.


Yadkin County’s unemployment rate is 8.8 percent. Yadkin County’s rate has dropped from a 9.3 percent unemployment rate in May 2011.


Surry County still has a lower unemployment rate than both Alleghany County with a 10.6 percent rate and Wilkes County with a 10.9 percent rate in May 2012.


North Carolina’s statewide unemployment rate is 9.4 percent as of May. Seventy-six counties increased in rates while 21 decreased and three stayed the same.


Scotland County has the state’s highest unemployment rate at 16.9 percent, and Currituck County has the state’s lowest unemployment rate with 5.2 percent, according to DES.


More information concerning unemployment rates for the state and its counties can be found at the DES website, http://www.ncesc.com.


Reach Jessica Pickens at 835-1513 ext. 18 or jpickens@heartlandpublications.com.