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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 the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Leoneda has been a radio journalist for more than 30 years, spending most of her career at WUNC as the Race and Southern Culture reporter. Leoneda’s work includes stories of race, slavery, memory and monuments. She has won "Gracie" awards, an Alfred I. duPont Award and several awards from the Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA). In 2017, Leoneda was named "Journalist of Distinction" by the National Association of Black Journalists.
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