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Franklin County jobless rate climbs to 5.4 percent

RALEIGH — Franklin County’s unemployment rate has climbed, but it remains below the state’s rate.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce — Labor and Economic Analysis Division released the statistics for May — the most recent available — and of the 29,220 people making up the county’s work force, 1,863 of them are unemployed.

That calculates to an unemployment rate of 6.4 percent — which is .2 percent points lower than the statewide average.

According to the state Department of Commerce (DOC), Franklin County joined 91 other counties that saw their rates increase in May.

Unemployment rates dropped in seven counties and remained unchanged in just one county — Avery County.

Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.7 percent while Currituck County had the lowest at 4.6 percent.

According to the DOC, Franklin was one of 35 counties where unemployment rates remained below the state average of 6.6 percent.

There was one common factor for all 100 North Carolina counties compared to the same month last year — unemployment rates decreased.

Compared to its immediate, comparably sized neighbors, Franklin County had the lowest unemployment rate, ranking it number 31 in the state.

• Vance has a workforce of 18,956, with 1,774 unemployed for a rate of 9.4 percent. The county ranks number 92.

• Granville has a workforce population of 26,662, with 1,864 unemployed, accounting for a rate of 7.0. Granville ranks number 53.

• Warren County has a workforce of 7,759, with 692 people looking for work. That accounts for an 8.9 unemployment rate, ranking the county number 89.


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