RALEIGH — Bladen County saw it’s unemployment rate drop slightly for the second straight month to 11.9 percent in October. That follows a decrease in September to 12.3 percent. This comes after it held steady from July through August at 12.5 percent.
Bladen County was not the only county to see its rate drop.
Columbus County saw its rate decrease slightly for another month to 12.4 percent for October after dropping to 12.7 percent in September. That follows an increase to 13.5 percent in August.
Robeson County saw its rate drop slightly also to 12.8 percent for October after dropping to 13.0 percent in September following an uptick for the fourth straight month to 13.5 percent in August.
All three counties remain above both the state and national unemployment rates for October. The state of North Carolina reported a tenth of one percent drop to 10.4 percent in October following an increase in the statewide unemployment rate to 10.5 percent in September. That follows a reported rate of 10.4 percent in August. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped slightly to 9.0 percent in October after holding steady for three months at a rate of 9.1 percent.
In October, Bladen County had 1,782 workers who were classified as unemployed and claimed a labor force of 14,916. Columbus County had 2,904 workers classified as unemployed. Robeson County had 7,155 workers classified as unemployed. Robeson County claimed a labor force of 55,956 and Columbus County claimed a labor force of 23,432.
Statewide for the month of October 47 counties reported unemployment rates between 5 and 10 percent and 53 counties reported unemployment rates above 10 percent.
In September, 41 counties reported an unemployment rate between 5 and 10 percent and 59 counties reported an unemployment rate above 10 percent. No county has reported a rate below 5 percent.
North Carolina had paid a total of $112 million in unemployment benefits and classified 436,615 individuals as unemployed for the month of October. Regular Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance totaled 58,410 in October increasing 3,327 from September. The state has paid $3,962,521,359 in total unemployment benefits for the period November 2010 through October 2011. The Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund balance at the end of October was in the red ($2,601,260,338). The State Reserve Fund balance was $42,696,931.