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Originally published: 2012-11-29 16:42:25
Last modified: 2012-11-29 16:42:25

Watauga unemployment stays at 7.3 percent

by Anna Oakes

Watauga County's jobless rate remained at 7.3 percent in October, according to preliminary data released Nov. 27 by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Unemployment rates decreased in 76 of North Carolina's 100 counties in October, increased in 16 and were unchanged in eight. Watauga's unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in September as well.

North Carolina's (not seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate was 8.8 percent in October.

The number of workers employed (not seasonally adjusted) increased in October by 51,810 to 4,343,583, while those unemployed fell 5,314 to 416,631. Since October 2011, the number of workers unemployed decreased 64,511, while those employed increased 142,497.

Currituck County had the state's lowest unemployment rate in October at 5.5 percent, and Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 15.7 percent.