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7/31/2021 9:07:00 AM
Unemployment Shows Slight Increase
Businesses still having trouble filling jobs

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 99 of North Carolina’s counties in June and decreased in one. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 9.4 percent while Orange County had the lowest at 3.7 percent.

Lincoln County's rate topped 4% for the first time since February, but at 4.2% was still the 13th lowest rate among any of North Carolina's 100 counties.  The rate for Catawba County was 4.7%; 5.3% for Gaston; and 5.4% for Cleveland.  

59 of the state's counties had a June unemployment rate of 5% or less, which has historically been considered 'full employment.'  

Governor Roy Cooper vetoed a bill known as the Putting North Carolina Back to Work Act that would have ended the federal weekly supplement to the unemployed in North Carolina. Had it become law, it would have ended the extra $300 federal money--but that would have happened 30 days after the bill became law.  The federal supplement will instead expire at the end of September.  

Businesses and industries continue to have difficulty filling available jobs, but a few industires have reported their business has slowed.  One area factory shut down for two weeks except for a skeleton crew.   

The absence of COVID pandemic restrictions has been a boost to some businesses--especially restaurants, but because of difficulty keeping sufficient staff, some have cut hours and days of operation.  

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