Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 95 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in September.

Jackson County’s rate stood at 5.8 percent, down .3 percent from August and up 2.4 percent from September 2019. Some 21,202 were employed in the county and 1,237 unemployed.

Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.0 percent, while Watauga County had the lowest at 4.6 percent. Thirteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases, one decreased, and one remained unchanged. 

Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount had the highest rate at 9.4 percent and Durham/Chapel Hill had the lowest at 6.0 percent. The September not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 7.0 percent.

When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates increased in all 100 counties. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) increased in September by 86,137 to 4,575,430, while those unemployed increased by 17,367 to 343,190.

Since September 2019, the number of workers employed statewide decreased 344,447, while those unemployed increased 168,572. 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 Nov. 20, when the state unemployment rate for October will be released.