Tri-County labor force decreasing

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 09:17 PM

Vance County’s labor force has declined as well as its rate of unemployed.

In figures released Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division, Vance County lost 115 people from the work force between January and February. The unemployment rate fell from 9.7 percent to 9.3 percent, ranking 87th of 100 counties.

Warren County’s unemployment rate declined from 9.4 percent to 8.9. Granville County’s rate dropped from 7.1 percent to 6.8. Warren ranks 80th and Granville 40th.

The labor force decreased by 111 in Warren County and by 103 in Granville County.

The rates for each county are not seasonally adjusted.

Across the state, 95 counties had decreases in February. All 100 are below the rates for the same month a year ago.

The statewide rate, not seasonally adjusted, for February is 6.6 percent. The national rate already announced for March is 6.7 percent, with 192,000 jobs having been added.