Brunswick County unemployment rate still above state, national averages

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By Staff Report

Brunswick County’s unemployment rate continues to remain higher than state and national averages.

According to the N.C. Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division, Brunswick County’s not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 9.6 percent in May 2013.

Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was .7 percent above the state average of 8.9 percent, while the national unemployment rate number is 7.3 percent.

Counties neighboring Brunswick County had fluctuating unemployment rates in May. New Hanover County’s unemployment number fell to 8.8 percent. Pender County stayed below 10 percent unemployment at 9.9 percent. Columbus County increased to 11.8 percent.

The county’s unemployment numbers for June will not be available until the end of the month, but statewide the number of unemployed in June was 416,767.

Employment numbers rose by 5,700 jobs in June and have increased by 4,048,400 from June 2012 to June 2013.

The number of initial claims filed in North Carolina for unemployment insurance benefits decreased in June to 44,734.

The NCDOC paid $94.2 million in regular unemployment insurance to 90,978 unemployed claimants across the state in June 2013. The average weekly benefit amount was $292.60.

Preliminary average hourly earnings in North Carolina for manufacturing production workers was $16.68 in June. Average weekly hours grew to 41.7.

For more information, go to www.ncesc.com.