Jobless rate continues decline, but Vance still among state's worst

Dec. 05, 2013 @ 09:48 PM

Vance County is inching closer to single digits in unemployment.

Vance County, last known to be 11.7 percent unemployed in August, dropped to 10.6 in September and to 10.5 percent in October. Although still among the state’s worst 10 percent, Vance County hasn’t had a single digits unemployment figure since an 8.9 percent mark in December 2008.

The county has been below 12 percent only in September 2010 (11.8 percent), October 2010 (11.7 percent) and August of this year.

Following the government shutdown in October, the Bureau of Labor Statistics was delayed in producing the monthly statistics regularly announced by the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division. On Thursday, statewide county numbers were released for both September and October.

Inside the numbers for Vance County, the labor force is 254 stronger than last reported two months ago for August and the number of employed is down 202 from the report at that time.

Vance County ranks 94th of the 100 counties, ahead of only Bladen (10.5 percent), Halifax (11.1), Robeson (11.2), Graham (11.5), Edgecombe (13.0) and Scotland (14.4). Granville County ranks 47th and Warren County is 89th.

For the first time since November 2012, Granville County went below the state norm, checking in at 7.7 percent for October after a 7.9 percent mark for September. The state rate was 8.3 percent in September and 8.0 in October.

Warren County’s unemployment was down to 9.9 percent in September and was up to 10.0 in October.

Since the report on August, labor forces have grown by 70 in Granville County and dropped by 82 in Warren County. In the same time span, the number of unemployed has dropped by 242 in Granville County and dropped by 77 in Warren County.

National unemployment, at 7.3 percent, continues to be better than any of three counties in The Dispatch circulation area and the state number.

Across the state, unemployment was lower in 56 of North Carolina’s counties in October but went up in 30.

 

Contact the writer at awooten@hendersondispatch.com.