Carteret County’s unemployment rate for June was 8.1 percent, up from May’s unemployment rate of 7.9 percent. The June numbers were released last Friday by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina (ESC). The statewide unemployment rate for June jumped up to 10.4 percent. It was 9.7 percent in May.
The ESC report showed that 31,369 people were working in Carteret County in June, up from 30,797 in May. This is a net gain of 572 jobs. However, the labor force grew from 33,441 in May to 34,138 in June, attributed primarily to new high school graduates looking for work. There were 2,769 people in Carteret County who were out of work or between jobs in June, up from 2,644 in May.
Unemployment rates increased in 91 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in June. Rates decreased in only six counties and remained the same in three.
Mary Brown of the Carteret County ESC Office reported that Carteret County tied Buncombe and Gates counties for having the eighth lowest unemployment rate in the state in June. She also noted that Carteret County’s June 2011 unemployment rate of 8.1 percent is the same as it was here in June 2010.
Chamber President Mike Wagoner observed that Carteret County’s unemployment rate of 8.1 percent, when compared to the statewide rate of 10.4 percent, “gives us a positive gap of 2.3 percentage points.”
“This gap expanded once again in our favor during June, and it underscores that Carteret County has one of the state’s healthier local economies,” he said. “We continue to fare better than most other counties, with our summer tourism industry bolstering the locally economy.”
Currituck County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state in June (5.5 percent), and Scotland County had the highest (17.1 percent).
Sixty-eight counties had unemployment rates in June that were greater than 10.0 percent, compared to 56 in May.
The June unemployment rates for other neighboring counties were: Pamlico – 9.3 percent; Onslow – 9.5 percent; Jones – 10.1 percent; and Craven – 10.4 percent.
The Carteret County ESC office is located at 309 Commerce Ave., Morehead City. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Or call 726-7151.
Information provided Carteret County Chamber of Commerce PULSE newsletter.