Listen to any politician talk these days and they will tell you that their number one concern is jobs, jobs, and jobs. Unfortunately, their concern has not translated into higher employment numbers. North Carolina’s unemployment rate increased to 10.3 percent in August, as 471,319 North Carolinians are currently out of work. Macon County’s numbers are also bleak, with unemployment increasing from 10 percent in July to 10.3 percent in August. A listed 1,613 Maconians were out of work in August, compared to 1,577 people in July. Macon County’s unemployment rate has increased nearly one percent since August of 2010.