Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in September.

Jackson County’s rate stood at 3.5 percent, down 1 percent from August and down 2.7 percent from September 2020. Some 20,381 were employed in the county and 709 were unemployed.

Scotland County has the highest unemployment rate at 7.8 percent while Orange County has the lowest at 2.8 percent.

All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount had the highest rate at 5.7 percent while Durham-Chapel Hill and Raleigh each had the lowest at 3.1 percent.

The September not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 3.8 percent.

When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases over the year.

The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) increased in September by 50,703 to 4,855,844, while those unemployed decreased by 31,405 to 189,745. Since September 2020, the number of workers employed statewide increased by 197,307, while those unemployed decreased by 167,763.

It is important to note that employment estimates are subject to large seasonal patterns; therefore, it is advisable to focus on over-the-year changes in the not seasonally adjusted estimates.

The next unemployment update is scheduled for Friday when the state unemployment rate for October will be released.