Erin Smith Staff writer
April 16, 2014
RALEIGH — The state has released its unemployment figures for the month of February and Bladen County’s rate dipped by 0.5 percent to 10 percent, ranking it 93rd in overall unemployment data. That is down from one year ago when the county reported an unemployment rate of 13.0 percent for an over the year decrease of 3 percent.
Neighboring counties also saw good news in the unemployment figures. Columbus County saw its unemployment rate drop by 0.6 percent to 9.0 percent and was ranked 83rd overall in the state in unemployment. That is down from 12.9 percent in 2013 for an over the year decrease of 3.9 percent.
Robeson County also saw its rate decrease by 0.5 percent to 9.6 percent in February, ranking it 91 for overall unemployment. That is down from 13.0 percent in 2013 for an over the year change of 3.4 percent.
Scotland County saw the greatest drop in its unemployment rate in the region for the year and was ranked 97. The county reported its unemployment numbers dipped by 0.6 percent to 12.4 percent in February. That is also down from 16.5 percent in 2013 for an over the year decrease of 4.1 percent.
By comparison, the state’s unemployment rate for February was reported to be 6.6 percent down by 0.4 percent from January and down by 2.5 percent on the year. The national unemployment rate was at 6.7 percent for the month of February down about 1.0 percent from one year ago.
In North Carolina, for the month of February, eight counties reported an unemployment rate higher than 10 percent while 87 counties reported an unemployment rate between 5 and 10 percent. Only five counties reported unemployment rates below 5 percent.
According to the state’s data, in February 2014, there were about 22,424 regular unemployment insurance claims filed. New regular initial claims filed for the month of February 2014 were 19,597. This is a decrease of about 10,195 from January.
In February 2014, Bladen County claimed a labor force of about 14,206 and identified 1,423 claimants as unemployed. Columbus County claimed a labor force of 23,818 and identified 2,148 individuals as unemployed. Scotland County claimed a labor force of 12,368 and identified 1,539 claimants as unemployed. Robeson County claimed a labor force of 53,386 and identified 5,099 claimants as unemployed.