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County's Jobless Rate Fell In February – Transylvania County, NC


Last updated 4/7/2021 at 3:03pm

Transylvania County’s jobless rate in February was 4.9 percent, down from 5.1 percent the previous month, according to preliminary figures from the state Department of Commerce.

The local jobless numbers only take into account those who qualify for unemployment benefits and have not been seasonally adjusted.

The statewide rate in February was 5.6 percent, down from 6 percent the previous month.

Jobless rates decreased in 96 of the state’s 100 counties in February, increased in three and remained unchanged in one.

Orange County had the lowest jobless rate in February at 4 percent, while Scotland County had the highest at 10. 9 percent.

Buncombe was at 5.2 percent, and Haywood was at 5.1 percent.

Jackson was at 5.5 percent, and Henderson stood at 4.9 percent.

Among the metro areas, Fayetteville had the highest at 7.8 percent.

Durham-Chapel Hill and Raleigh each had the lowest at 4.7 percent.

The Transylvania Economic Alliance has identified — based on similar population sizes — Ashe, Bladen, Cherokee, Dare, Macon and Montgomery counties as peer counties in the state to measure and compare to how Transylvania is performing.

In February, Ashe’s jobless rate was 5.1 percent; Bladen was 6.2 percent; Cherokee was 6.3 percent; Dare was 10.1 percent; Macon was 5.2 percent; and Montgomery was 5.3 percent. Transylvania’s jobless rate in February of 2020 was 3.1 percent.

The number of workers employed statewide in February increased by 46,644 to 4,722,326 while those unemployed decreased by 14,589 to 281,902.

Since February 2020, the number of workers employed statewide decreased by 215,747, while those unemployed increased by 107,577.


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