After April low, unemployment mark hits 12.8 for June

Jul. 30, 2013 @ 06:15 PM

Vance County’s lowest unemployment month since December of 2008 has been followed by two consecutive months of increases.

In figures released Tuesday by the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division, Vance County climbed to 12.8 percent unemployment. The figure translates to 2,425 people out of work from a workforce of 18,933.

Vance County had 11.7 percent unemployment in April and 12.2 percent in May. The April mark was the lowest since being at 11.2 in the last month of December 2008.

The June state unemployment rate was 8.8 percent, 0.1 percent lower than in April. The June national mark was 7.6 percent, 0.1 percent higher than in April.

The Vance County workforce is 111 less in June than April.

Unemployment rose in 81 counties for the sixth calendar month of the year, including all three in the Tri-County. Granville County climbed to 9.8 percent in June and Warren County to 11.9.

Thus far in 2013, Vance County’s unemployment is charting similar to 2012. In both years, January was the highest of the first six months and April the lowest. Vance County has 591 fewer workers than in January, when the unemployment rate was 13.9 percent.

Unemployment in each of the three counties was lower in the year over year figures. In June 2012, Vance was 13.9 percent, Granville 10.0 and Warren 12.5.

The micropolitan statistical area of Henderson matched the Vance County rate of 12.8 percent.

Vance County, which climbed out of the bottom 10 of North Carolina’s 100 counties earlier this year, is ranked 94th — ahead of only Robeson (13.0 percent), Wilson (13.1), Halifax (13.5), Edgecombe (14.5), Graham (15.2) and Scotland (16.2) counties.

Warren County ranks 84th and Granville County 48th.

 

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