North Carolina’s statewide unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) was 5.7 percent in February. This was a 0.2 of a percentage-point decrease from January’s revised rate, and a 1.2 percentage-point decline over the year. Over the month, the unemployment rate decreased in 89 counties, while increasing in five and remaining unchanged in six.
Thirty-nine counties had unemployment rates at or below the state’s 5.7 percent rate.
Graham and Hyde counties recorded February’s highest unemployment rate at 14.2 percent, followed by Dare at 13.7 percent, and Tyrrell at 11.9 percent. Orange County had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.2 percent, followed by Buncombe at 4.3 percent, Wake at 4.4 percent and Chatham at 4.5 percent.