Watauga unemployment rate increases to 9.5 percent
Watauga County's jobless rate increased to 9.5 percent in January, according to preliminary data released Friday by the N.C. Department of Commerce.
Unemployment rates increased in all of North Carolina's 100 counties in January. Watauga's unemployment rate was 8.4 percent in December and increased 1.1 percent in a month.
North Carolina's (not seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate was 10.2 percent in January, a 0.8 of a percentage point increase from December's annual processed rate of 9.4 percent.
The number of workers employed (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in January by 30,998 to 4,255,318, while those unemployed rose 37,412 to 482,822.
Since January 2012, the number of workers unemployed increased 14,640, while those employed increased 68,375.
Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 20.4 percent, while Orange County had the lowest at 6.6 percent.
Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 14.1 percent experienced the highest unemployment rate and Durham-Chapel Hill at 7.7 percent had the lowest.