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6/3/2020 1:07:00 PM
Unemployment Rate Soars

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer


The unemployment rate in Lincoln County this April was 13%--about the same as other area counties and the state of North Carolina.  All of last year, Lincoln had one of the ten lowest unemployment rates in the state, but the April figure made us the 68th in that category.  

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in April. Dare County had the highest unemployment rate at 24.5 percent, while Bertie County had the lowest at 6.4 percent. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. Among the metro areas, Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton had the highest rate at 17.6 percent and Durham-Chapel Hill and Greenville each had the lowest rate at 9.5 percent. The April statewide rate was 12.5 percent.

77 of North Carolina's counties had an unemployment rate of 10% of more, up from just one in March.  No county had an unemployment rate of 5% or less; in March 71 did.  

May's unemployment rates are expected to be just as bad or worse since many businesses were still closed or operating at less than normal capacity.

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