Brunswick County unemployment rates rise slightly in June

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By Sam Hickman

 Brunswick County ranks in the middle of the pack among the 100 counties in the Tar Heel State for its June unemployment rate.

The latest reports from the N.C. Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security show Brunswick County had 51,591 people in the civilian labor force in June and 5,054 were unemployed, a 9.8 percent rate. Brunswick County’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.8 of a percentage point since June 2012 when the mark was 10.6 percent. There was a minimal increase, 0.3 of a percentage point, from May to June.

The 9.8 percent unemployment rate ranks Brunswick County 51st among 100 North Carolina counties. Currituck County has the lowest unemployment rate (5.8) while Scotland County has the highest (16.2). Last month, Brunswick ranked 52nd in the state with a 9.5 percent rate.

In June, 81 counties experienced an increase in unemployment rates while 14 counties saw the numbers decrease. In five counties, the rates remained the same. According to the reports, there are 44 counties with unemployment figures greater than 10 percent.

The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in June by 16,445 while the number of unemployed increased by 16,163.

Despite the recent decline in employed workers, the overall numbers are encouraging since June 2012. The number of workers employed statewide increased by nearly 12,000 whereas the number of unemployed decreased by 27,000.

North Carolina’s statewide unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) was 9.3 percent in June. This was a 0.4 of a percentage-point increase of May’s revised rate of 8.9 percent and a 0.5 percentage-point decline over the year, according to the reports. 

The statewide unemployment rate release for July is scheduled for Aug. 19.

 Sam Hickman is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or shickman@brunswickbeacon.com.