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County jobless rate dips

ELIZABETH HEFFNER
Staff Writer

According to North Carolina’s Department of Commerce, Lincoln County is among 56 of North Carolina’s counties that have seen a drop in their not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates. As of October, the county’s unemployment rate currently stands at 7.6 percent, a decrease from September’s rating of 7.8 percent. Since October 2012, Lincoln County’s unemployment rate has decreased 2.4 percent.
Officials reported that the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for October increased in 30 counties and remained the same in 14 counties. There were 38 counties that had unemployment rates at or below the state’s 7.5 percent rate.
North Carolina’s statewide not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in October. This was a 0.1 percentage-point decrease from September’s revised rate of 7.6 percent, and a 1.6 percentage-point decline over the year. When compared to October 2012, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce reported that Scotland County had the highest not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October at 14.4 percent, while Chatham County had the lowest at 4.7 percent.
According to officials, the next unemployment update is scheduled for Dec. 20. At that time, the statewide unemployment rate for November will be released.

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