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County’s jobless rate back above 10 percent

 

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

 

Lincoln County saw its unemployment rate rise to 10.1 percent in the month of December, up from 9.5 a month earlier, but down more than a percentage point from the previous December’s rate.

It was one of 97 out of 100 North Carolina counties that witnessed similar increases, according to figures released last week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. The statewide not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for December was 9.5 percent.

More than half of the state’s counties had rates above 10 percent.

However, when compared to the same month a year earlier, not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rates dropped in 93 counties, increased in five and remained unchanged in two, noted a press release announcing the figures.

Lincoln County’s December 2011 jobless rate stood at 11.3 percent.

The county’s labor force was documented as 39,287, down about 1 percent from 39,721 in November. The number of unemployed workers in the county stood at 3,971.

Nonetheless, Commerce Department officials cautioned against reading too much into the numbers.

“It is important to note that employment estimates are subject to large seasonal patterns; therefore, it is advisable to focus on over-the-year changes in the not-seasonally-adjusted estimates,” the release said.

 

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