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Jobless Rates Down Across State

Every corner of the state is experiencing a decline in its unemployment rate.  The largest decline was in Graham County.

Graham County is far in the Western corner of the state – in the Great Smokey Mountains.  The population sits around eight thousand people – so any movement in jobs can be dramatic. In January the jobless rate in Graham County was 19-point-four-percent – the highest in the state.  Numbers released today puts the jobless rate there at 17-point-two percent. Statewide – 93 of North Carolina’s 100 counties experienced a decline in unemployment. Only one county had a slight increase – Perquimans County. The county with the lowest jobless rate in the state – Orange County at 6-point-2-percent.

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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