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RALEIGH — The latest county unemployment figures released by the state show an unemployment increase in 86 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in October.

Of those 100 counties, 89 counties had rates of five percent or below, and 11 counties had a rate between five and 10 percent.

Hyde County experienced the highest unemployment rate in the state once again at 6.8 percent, while Buncombe continued its low streak at 2.7 percent. Avery County’s unemployment rate was 3.3 percent, up .3 percent from the previous month. Watauga County had the lowest unemployment out of all bordering counties at 3.1 percent. Mitchell and McDowell had the highest unemployment of all the border counties at 4.3 percent.

Avery: 3.3 percent

Burke: 3.5 percent

Caldwell: 3.8 percent

McDowell: 4.3 percent

Mitchell: 4.3 percent

Watauga: 3.1 percent

North Carolina experienced a statewide rate of 3.6 percent, placing Avery below the state average in unemployment. Virginia and South Carolina tied for the lowest unemployment rates out of all bordering states at 2.6 percent apiece, a full percentage point less than North Carolina.

North Carolina: 3.6 percent

Georgia: 3.4 percent

South Carolina: 2.6 percent

Tennessee: 3.4 percent

Virginia: 2.6 percent

The total number of workers employed in the state increased by 24,205 in October, translating to 4,967,970, while the number of people unemployed increased by 6,774 to 185,142. Since this time last year, the number of workers employed in the state has increased by 141,652.

All figures courtesy North Carolina Department of Commerce and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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