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North Carolina’s May County and Area Employment Figures Released

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2020

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 65 of North Carolina’s counties in May, decreased in 34, and remained unchanged in one. Swain County had the highest unemployment rate at 19.7 percent, while Bertie and Chowan Counties each had the lowest at 8.1 percent.

North Carolina’s May Employment Figures Released

Friday, Jun 19, 2020

The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate was 12.9 percent, remaining unchanged from April’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 1.4 percentage points to 13.3 percent.

North Carolina’s April County and Area Employment Figures Released

Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in April. Dare County had the highest unemployment rate at 24.5 percent, while Bertie County had the lowest at 6.4 percent. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases.

April 2020 Monthly Unemployment Insurance Claims Now Available

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Demographic and location data about the people applying for unemployment insurance benefits in April was published today by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.  The new data regarding claims for benefits include details such as age range, the industries impacted, and the number of claims r

Governor Cooper Appoints Pryor Gibson head of Division of Employment Security

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Today, North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Tony Copeland announced that Pryor Gibson will serve as the Assistant Secretary for the Division of Employment Security (DES). He assumes the role immediately, and will be responsible for the Division’s operations, communication and accountability.

North Carolina’s April Employment Figures Released

Friday, May 22, 2020

The state’s seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 12.2 percent, increasing 7.9 percentage points from March’s revised rate. The national rate increased 10.3 percentage points to 14.7 percent.

March 2020 Monthly Unemployment Insurance Claims Now Available

Friday, May 8, 2020

More information about the people applying for unemployment insurance benefits in North Carolina in March was published today by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.  The new data regarding claims for benefits include details about the applicants’ demographics, the industries impacted, and

North Carolina’s March County and Area Employment Figures Released

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2020

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 97 of North Carolina’s counties in March, decreased in two, and remained unchanged in one. Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 13.1 percent, while Buncombe, Alexander, and Orange Counties each had the lowest at 3.4 percent.

North Carolina’s March Employment Figures Released

Friday, Apr 17, 2020

The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, increasing 0.8 of a percentage point from February’s revised rate. The national rate increased 0.9 of a percentage point to 4.4 percent.

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