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Joblessness From The Mountains To The Coast

Latest numbers show – the North Carolina unemployment rate has increased in every corner of the state.

Davie County stands alone. It’s the only county in the state whose unemployment rate didn’t go up during the month of November – it remained the same at 8-point-9-percent.  The county with the biggest increase – Graham County. Graham County jumped almost 6-and-a-half points – to 18-point-6-percent. That’s the highest in the state.  Orange County has the lowest jobless rate – just under 6-percent.   Numbers from the Employment Security Commission show 441-thousand people were unemployed this past November – about 30-thousand more than the month before.

Leoneda Inge is WUNC’s race and southern culture reporter, the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position. She also is co-host of the podcast Tested and host of the special podcast series, PAULI. Leoneda is the recipient of numerous awards from AP, RTDNA and NABJ. She’s been a reporting fellow in Berlin and Tokyo. You can follow her on Twitter @LeonedaInge.
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