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RALEIGH — The jobless rate for Bladen County held steady in June at 9.4 percent. That follows a slight dip in the unemployment rate for April and an uptick in the unemployment rate in May to 9.4 percent.


Neighboring counties have also seen fluctuations in their unemployment figures.


Columbus County saw the unemployment rate inch upward again in June to 8.6 percent, up from 8.4 percent in May. Robeson County actually saw a slight drop in its reported unemployment rate to 9.3 percent in June after an uptick in May to 9.5 percent. Scotland County still maintains the highest unemployment rate in the region with a rate of 12.1 percent in June. That is down from a reported unemployment rate 12.7 percent in May.


Bladen County reported a labor force of 14,883 for June and classified 1,401 individuals as unemployed. Columbus County reported a labor force of 24,618 and classified 2,112 individuals as unemployed for June. Robeson County claimed a labor force of 53,785 and classified 5,003 individuals as unemployed for June. Scotland County reported a labor force of 12,574 and classified 1,519 individuals for June.


One year ago, Bladen County reported an unemployment rate of 11.9 percent for a 12-month decrease of 2.5 percent. Columbus County reported an unemployment rate of 11.1 percent in June 2013, for an over the year decrease of 2.5 percent. Robeson County reported an unemployment rate of 12.0 percent in June 2013 for an over the year decrease of 2.7 percent. Scotland County reported an unemployment rate of 15.1 in June 2013 for an over the year decrease of 3.0 percent.


In June Scotland County still held the distinction of ranking no. 100 among the state’s counties in unemployment while Bladen County was ranked 95th. Robeson County was ranked 93rd among the state’s counties for unemployment and Columbus County was ranked 87th in unemployment.


In June, three counties reported an unemployment rate higher than 10 percent while 89 counties reported an unemployment rate between 5 and 10 percent. For June, eight counties reported an unemployment rate below 5 percent.


In May, three counties reported an unemployment rate higher than 10 percent while 92 counties reported an unemployment rate between 5 and 10 percent. For May, five counties reported an unemployment rate below 5 percent.


The state of North Carolina reported an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent for June while the national unemployment rate was reported to have held steady at 6.1 percent.

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