Scotland unemployment rate remains the highest in state

Staff report

December 10, 2013

RALEIGH — Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate in the state for October, according to a preliminary report from the Labor and Economic Analysis Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

The division released its monthly breakdown of statewide employment figures last week, and the results show that 1,849 people in Scotland County were out of work in October. That number accounts for 14.4 percent of the county’s total labor force of 12,869 people in October. The county rate was up from 14.2 percent in September.

The statewide unemployment rate for October was 7.5 percent.

Chatham at 4.7 percent, Orange at 4.9 percent and Currituck at 5 percent had the best rates in the state. Graham at 13 percent and Edgecombe at 11.5 percent had the second and third worse rates in the state.