Unemployment in Brunswick County back up to 7.9 percent

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By Brian Slattery

Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased in November after dropping steadily throughout 2013.

Unemployment rates are documented and released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division, which estimated Brunswick County was back to 7.9 percent unemployment for November.

The unemployment rate dropped a full point from August at 8.7 percent to October at 7.7 percent. In July, the rate was 9.3-percent, down from June’s 9.8-percent unemployment rate.

In November 2012, the unemployment number was still in double digits at 10.2 percent.

For November, the NCDC reported Brunswick County had 3,980 unemployed workers out of a labor force of 50,614.

Brunswick County is now a full point off of the state unemployment rate of 6.9 percent for November. While the county rate rose, the state rate dropped from 7.5 percent in October.

Of North Carolina’s 100 counties, 91 saw a decrease in the rate of unemployment for November.

Thirty-seven counties in North Carolina were equal to or below the state’s unemployment rate.

Brunswick County’s unemployment rate fell from 47th best in the state to 59th with the two-tenths of a percent increase in unemployment.

North Carolina had three counties remain below five percent unemployment. Orange County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 4.3 percent.

Wilmington’s metropolitan statistical area’s unemployment rate continued to drop, reaching 7.2 percent in November after remaining steady at 7.7 percent for September and October. The WMSA rate was 8.3 percent in August 2013 and a full point higher at 9.3 percent in November 2012.

Neighboring New Hanover County’s unemployment rate has dropped two points in the last year. For November 2013 it was 6.7 percent, down from 7.5-percent in October.

Pender County dropped to 8.1 percent in November from 8.7-percent unemployment in October.

Columbus County’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.1 percent for November from 9.5-percent the previous month.

Scotland County still had the highest unemployment rate in the state but saw a drop from 14.4 percent in October to 13.5-percent in November.

The U.S. unemployment rate for November fell to 7.0 percent.

The statewide unemployment rate release for December 2013 is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.

Brian Slattery is a staff writer for The Brunswick Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or bslattery@brunswickbeacon.com.