Guilford Unemployment Rises to 11.7% in June

The North Carolina Employment Security Commission’s June county numbers were released Friday, and Guilford County’s rate was 11.7%, up .4% from May and the highest since the recession began.  Check out this News and Record story.

In the Greensboro-High Point metro area, the jobless rate crossed the 12% barrier.  Among neighboring counties, Rockingham’s is the highest at 13.8%, followed by Alamance (12.4%), Randolph (12.3%), and Forsyth (10.1%).

Statewide, 40 of our 100 counties had rates over 12%.  Western Piedmont counties which historically were dependent upon textile and furniture manufacturing continue to have some of the highest rates:  Burke (14.9%), Caldwell (15.6%), Catawba (15.5%), Alexander (15.4%), Rutherford (15.4%), Gaston (15.0), Cleveland (15.4%), and McDowell (16.1%).  This region, which is in a near depression, is in desperate need of a targeted economic development plan. 

Once again, if you’re out of work, please remember Greensboro Public Library’s JobSkills offerings.

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