Unemployment in Bladen continues to climb


Erin Smith - erinsmith@civitasmedia.com



RALEIGH — Bladen County saw its unemployment figures for June jump upward to 8.6 percent after a reported unemployment rate of 8.3 percent in May.

Other counties in the region also reported increases in their unemployment rates for June. Columbus County reported an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent in June following a reported rate of 7.5 percent in May. Robeson County reported an unemployment rate of 9.1 percent in June following a reported unemployment rate of 8.7 percent in May. Scotland County, which still holds the highest unemployment rate in the region, reported an unemployment rate of 11.7 percent in June after a reported rate of 11.3 percent in May.

Bladen County claimed a workforce of 14,485 and classified 1,246 as unemployed. The county reported an unemployment rate of 9.5 percent in June 2014 for an over-the-year-decrease of 0.9 percent. The county is currently ranked 91st in unemployment.

Columbus County reported a labor force of 23,205 and classified 1,835 individuals as unemployed. The county reported an unemployment rate of 8.8 percent in June 2014 for an over-the-year decrease of 0.9 percent. The county is currently ranked 83rd in unemployment.

Robeson County claimed a labor force of 50,951 and classified 4,647 individuals as unemployed. The county reported an unemployment rate of 9.7 in June 2014 for an over-the-year decrease of 0.6 percent. The county is currently ranked 94th in unemployment.

Scotland County claimed a labor force of 11,922 and classified 1,400 individuals as unemployed. The county reported an unemployment rate of 12.3 percent in June 2014 for an over-the-year decrease of 0.6 percent. The county is currently ranked 99th in unemployment.

For the month of June, four counties reported an unemployment rate greater than 10 percent while 93 counties reported an unemployment rate between 5 and 10 percent. Only three counties reported an unemployment rate of less than five percent.

In contrast, for the month of May, three counties reported an unemployment rate greater than 10 percent while 91 counties reported an unemployment rate between 5 and 10 percent. Only six counties reported an unemployment rate of less than five percent.

For the month of June North Carolina reported an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent up slightly from a rate of 5.7 percent in May. The national unemployment rate was reported to be 5.3 percent, down slightly from 5.5 percent in May.

According to the North Carolina Labor Market Conditions, “Regular Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance totaled 20,418 in June, increasing 596 from May.”

According to the release, for the period ending June 2015, $335,854,746 was paid in the unemployment program. The Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund balance was $475,759,442 and the state reserve fund balance was $132,650,185.

Erin Smith can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

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Erin Smith

erinsmith@civitasmedia.com

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