Lincoln Countyâ€™s unemployment rate for the month of January went up from a 5.8 in December to a 5.9 in January.
Judi Morton, manager at Lincoln Countyâ€™s Employment Security Commission said the small increase is linked to the layoffs after the Christmas hires.
At this time last year, Lincoln countyâ€™s rate was 7.1 percent.
â€œWe are still on the downward trend fortunately,â€ Morton said.
Surrounding counties also experienced increases.
Catawba Countyâ€™s rate rose from a 6.0 in December to 6.5 in January.
Cleveland County rose from a 7.0 in December to a 7.2 in January.
Gaston County went up from a 6.0 to a 6.2 in January.
The statewide not seasonally adjusted rate at 5.5 percent represents a fall over a 12-month period. It was 6.3 percent in January 2004.
The unemployment rate rose in 86 North Carolina counties during the month of January. Seven counties experienced a drop and the rates remained the same in seven.
Orange County had the stateâ€™s lowest unemployment rate at 3.5 percent. Hyde County had the highest rate at 10.7 percent.
North Carolinaâ€™s unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent for the month of January, the lowest since November 2004. It dropped .9 percentage points from a 5.9 in January 2004.
The rate is down from Decemberâ€™s rate of 5.3.
For the ninth consecutive month, the unemployment rate remained below the national average which was 5.2 percent.
by Amy Wadsworth