Lee unemployment shows slight increase

Mar. 23, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

Lee County ranks among the fifth of North Carolina counties with the highest unemployment rates as of January, according to data released by the N.C. Department of Commerce on Friday.

All 100 counties in North Carolina experienced a rise in unemployment from December to January, but fewer than 20 registered rates higher than Lee County’s unemployment rate of 12.7 percent compared to 12.1 percent in December. Graham County, with 20.4 unemployment, had the state’s highest rate. Just to the north of Lee County, Chatham County registered one of the state’s lowest rates at 7.5 percent. To the north of Chatham, Orange County had the state’s lowest rate: 6.6 percent.

Rounding out the local area, both Moore and Harnett counties were in the middle of the statewide pack, recording unemployment rates of 10.1 and 11.5 percent, respectively.

Lee County’s January rate of 12.7 percent is slightly higher than it was in January 2012, when 12.6 percent of locals were unemployed, and the unemployment rates in Moore and Harnett counties also rose slightly in that same 12-month period. Chatham County’s unemployment rate fell in that period.

Additional information about the latest state unemployment figures can be found on the website of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security, at www.ncesc.com/.