Jobless rate drops across area


Staff Writer

Monday, May 14, 2018

The unemployment rate decreased in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties in March, including the Twin Counties, according to figures from the N.C. Department of Commerce. 

Edgecombe County’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.1 percent in February to 7.5 percent in March, while Nash County’s jobless rate declined from 6.0 percent in February to 5.6 percent in March. Edgecombe County currently has the fifth-highest unemployment rate among the 100 counties in the state, while Nash County has the 18th-highest jobless rate among the 100 counties.

The Rocky Mount Metropolitan Statistical Area, which consists of Nash and Edgecombe counties, still has the highest unemployment rate among the state’s 15 metropolitan statistical areas at 6.3 percent, down from 6.7 percent in February.

Rocky Mount’s net industry employment over the month had a small increase at 100 jobs gained — however, Rocky Mount has suffered a net industry decrease of 900 job losses over the year.

According to the N.C. Justice Center, Edgecombe County has seen it’s jobless rate decreasedover the year from 8.2 percent to 7.5 percent. It’s still is much higher than the state’s average of 4.3 percent.

Edgecombe County has a population of 55,211, which is a decrease of 6.5 percent over the past decade. The latest figures reported 1,835 people looking for work in Edgecombe County compared to 1,446 job openings. 

Nash County’s jobless rate dipped from 6.3 percent to 5.7 percent over the year, which is still slightly higher than the state’s average of 4.3 percent. Nash County has a population of 93,950, which is an increase of 1.1 percent over the past decade. The recent figures reported 2,610 people in Nash County looking for work compared to 849 job openings.