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home : state news : e-state news November 24, 2020

11/19/2020 7:02:00 AM
Pandemic Related Unemployment Continues

NC Department of Commerce
Press Release


Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 95 of North Carolina’s counties in September, decreased in three, and remained unchanged in two. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.0 percent, while Watauga County had the lowest at 4.6 percent. The September not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 7.0 percent.

The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) increased in September by 86,137 to 4,575,430, while those unemployed increased by 17,367 to 343,190. Since September 2019, the number of workers employed statewide decreased 344,447, while those unemployed increased 168,572.

Among area counties, Lincoln had the lowest unemployment rate at 6.0%.  Catawba County's rate was 7.2%. Cleveland County's rate was 7.5%, and Gaston County reported 7.7%. 

The next unemployment update is scheduled for Friday (Nov. 20th) when the state unemployment rate for October 2020 will be released.

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