According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment rates have increased in all North Carolina counties as of January 2017.
North Carolina state unemployment rate was at 5.3 percent in January compared to 4.7 percent in December.
The National average was 4.8 percent in January compared to 5.2 percent in December.
According to the NC governor’s office, the counties effected the most by unemployment rates were Hyde County with an increase of 16.3 percent.
Buncombe county was effected the least by unemployment rates with lowest at 4.3 percent.
When compared to the unemployment rates from January last year 89 counties had decreased, while five increased, and six stayed the same.
The governor’s office also states, “All fifteen of North Carolina’s metro areas have experienced a rate of increase of unemployment.”
The Metro area with the highest unemployment rate is Rocky Mount, and Asheville had the lowest rate at 4.6 percent.
The number of employed workers also decreased in January from 22,109 to 4,627,724, with unemployment increased to 30,930 to 269,270.
For more information on North Carolina unemployment rates the Bureau of Labor Statistics is currently conducting data revisions, and will be available to review in April 21, 2017.