LUMBERTON — Robeson County’s unemployment rate increased to 9.1 percent in June, according to county unemployment figures released Tuesday by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
Although the rate climbed from 8.7 percent in May, it’s still down from the 9.7 percent rate recorded for June 2014. Out of a labor force of 50,951 people, 4,647 Robson County residents were without jobs in June.
Overall, June unemployment rates decreased in 72 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, increased in 20 and remained unchanged in eight counties. Robeson County had the state’s sixth highest unemployment rate. Graham County’s unemployment rate of 12.3 percent ranked highest in the state, with Buncombe County’s rate of 5.4 percent ranked lowest.
Robeson County’s unemployment rate was 3 percent higher than the state rate, which was 6.1 percent in June. Out of a labor force comprising 4.7 million people, 292,571 North Carolinians were unemployed, according to the Department of Commerce.
Unemployment rates for the five counties bordering Robeson also increased. Rates reported for neighboring counties were: Cumberland County, 7.8 percent, up from 7.5 percent in May; Hoke County, 8.4 percent, up from 8.1 percent; Columbus County, 7.9 percent, up from 7.5 percent; Scotland County, 11.7 percent, up from 11.3 percent; and Bladen County, 8.6 percent, up from 8.3 percent.
The rates from June are not seasonally adjusted, according to the Department of Commerce.
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