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For July, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate reached 11 percent. That’s a slight increase from June, which was at 10.9 percent.
Unemployment has slightly increased throughout the summer, which is generally one of the county’s busiest times of the year because of tourism.
Back in May the county’s unemployment rate was at 10.3 percent, and in April it was 9.7 percent.
The 11 percent rate for this July is the same as it was for July 2011.
Throughout the state unemployment rates decreased in 47 of North Carolina’s 100 counties for July. It increased in 26 counties and was unchanged in 27.
“Rates either dropped or remained the same in most of North Carolina in July,” said N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll. “Compared to the same time last year, nearly all of the state’s counties have a lower unemployment rate. We will continue our statewide effort between employers, our workforce partners and our employment service offices to put people back to work.”
North Carolina had 34 counties that were at or below the state’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 9.8 percent. Brunswick County was not one of them.
Of Brunswick County’s 50,124-person labor force, 5,519 were unemployed in July.
Statewide the number of workers employed (not seasonally adjusted) increased in July 12,968 to 4,249,084, while those unemployed fell 1,362 to 462,255.
Since July 2011, the number of workers unemployed decreased 50,996, while those employed increased 60,772.
Currituck County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in July at 4.7 percent, and Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 17.6 percent.
In July 2012, there were 64,214 Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) Initial Claims filed in North Carolina.
Statewide, new regular initial claims, totaling 38,533 for July, increased 9,454 from the prior month. Twenty-nine percent were attached new initial claims. During the same period a year ago, new claims totaled 37,247, of which 25 percent were attached.
According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Labor and Economic Analysis Division, between August 2011 and July 2012, unemployment insurance benefits paid out statewide are at $3,219,771,679. Between August 2011 and July 2012, $35,060,550 was paid out in Brunswick County.