Surry County jobless rate back in double-digits

Keith StrangeCivitas News Service

February 1, 2013

Surry County’s jobless rate climbed back into the double-digits in December, according to numbers released yesterday by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’ Division of Employment Security (DES).

Last month, the county reported a 10.1-percent jobless rate, an increase of a half percentage point over November’s rate of 9.6 percent. In October, the county had a jobless rate of 9.3 percent.

According to the DES, 3,332 county workers were unemployed in December, compared to 3,192 in November.

The county reports a workforce of 33,028 in December, down from the 33,314 in November.

Stokes County also saw an increase in its jobless rate in December, to 8.4 percent, up from the 8.0 percent rate the county reported in November.

The county reported 2,054 workers out of work in December, up from the 1,050 out of work in November.

Like Surry County, Stokes County also saw its workforce shrink during the end of 2012, down to 24,354 in December from 24,478 in November.

Yadkin County also saw a surge in the unemployment rate in December, rising to 8.9 percent from the 8.2 percent reported in the previous month.

In December, the county reported 1,725 people out of work, up from the 1,599 jobless in November.

The county reports a workforce of 19,400, down from the November total of 19,456.

Wilkes County’s jobless rate increased to 10.9 percent in December, up from the 10.1 percent rate tallied in November.

The county saw a marked increase in the number of residents out of work, to 3,303 from the November rate of 10.1 percent.

Like Surry County, Alleghany County’s jobless rate also climbed back into the double-digits in December, rising more than a whole percentage point to 10.6 percent, up from November’s rate of 9.5 percent.

Statewide, North Carolina reported a 9.2-percent seasonally adjusted jobless rate in December, a one-tenth percent increase from the 9.1 percent rate tallied in November.

The state reported 438,864 people out of the workforce, up slightly from the 431,867 reported in November.

Unemployment rates increased in 97 of the state’s 100 counties in December, decreasing in only one county and remaining unchanged in two.

Thirteen of the state’s metropolitan areas also saw increases in jobless rates.

Graham County reported the highest jobless rate at 18.5 percent, while Orange County saw the lowest, at 5.9 percent.

Nationally, the jobless rate held steady at 7.8 percent in December.

Reach Keith Strange at kstrange@civitasmedia.com or 719-1929.