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Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased a full percentage point from November to December, hitting 11.3 percent.
It rose for the second straight month after dropping in October to a three-year low of 9.5 percent.
November’s unemployment number was 10.3 percent.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division estimates 5,634 of the county’s 49,826-member work force are unemployed.
Statewide, unemployment numbers grew in 97 of 100 counties. Only Jones County saw an improvement in December.
Overall, North Carolina’s non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate increased to 9.5 percent in December.
There are 35 counties at or below the state rate.
The numbers are still improved from 2011 when December’s state unemployment rate was 10.2 percent.
Brunswick County remained below its December 2011 unemployment rate of 12.4 percent.
Neighboring New Hanover County reported a December unemployment rate of 9.5 percent, with 10,026 of its 105,535 eligible workers out of work.
Columbus County’s unemployment rate was 12.6, while Pender County reported 10.9 percent.
Graham County reported the state’s highest unemployment rate at 18.5 percent for December.
Orange County had the lowest with a rate of 5.9 percent.
The state unemployment rate release for January 2013 is scheduled for Monday, March 18, 2013.
Brian Slattery is a staff writer for The Brunswick Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.