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North Carolina’s November Employment Figures Released

Friday, Dec 17, 2021

The state’s seasonally adjusted November unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from October’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.4 of a percentage point to 4.2 percent.

North Carolina’s October County and Area Employment Figures Released

Thursday, Dec 2, 2021

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 83 of North Carolina’s counties in October, increased in eight, and remained unchanged in nine. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.8 percent while Orange County had the lowest at 2.6 percent.

Commerce Issues 2022 Economic Development Tier Rankings

Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Commerce released the county tier designations for 2022 today.  The designations, which are mandated by state law, play a role in several programs that assist in economic development.

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