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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.
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