Vance unemployment climbs in May

Jul. 02, 2013 @ 06:11 PM

Unemployment in Vance County rose by one-half percentage point for the month of May.

The numbers were also up for neighboring Granville and Warren counties in the latest release from the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

Vance County had 2,357 from a workforce of 19,273 without jobs in the month, or 12.2 percent. In April, unemployment was 11.7 percent.

The increase is not unusual.

For the past quarter century, unemployment has regularly gone up from April to May in the county. The amount has risen each of the last three years, 11 of the last 12 and 22 of the past 24.

In the micropolitan statistical area of Henderson, unemployment was a matching 12.2 percent, also up 0.5 percent from April.

Vance County ranks 92nd among the state’s 100 counties, ahead of only Rutherford (12.3 percent), Robeson (12.6), Halifax (12.9), Wilson (13.0), Edgecombe (14.1), Graham (15.3) and Scotland (16.2). Of those, only Graham and Scotland have a lower gross number of unemployed than Vance County.

Granville County unemployment rose to 9.4 percent from 8.9. Warren County unemployment rose to 11.3 percent from 11.0.

Across the state, unemployment rose in 87 counties, decreased in a dozen and stayed the same in one.

The North Carolina unemployment rate in May fell to 8.8 percent from 8.9 in April. The national rate rose from 7.5 percent in April to 7.6 percent in May.