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Surry County’s unemployment rate falls

January 4th, 2008 · No Comments

Surry County’s unemployment rate fell 0.1 percent in November while employment remained near its high for the year.

The North Carolina Employment Security Commission said 33,077 people in the resident workforce had jobs — only 64 fewer than in June when seasonal employment swelled the labor market.

There were 2,077 people seeking work and receiving unemployment benefits — 5.9 percent of the workforce — and though that was a slight improvement from October, when 2,108 were jobless, the number of idled workers was the third-highest total since February 2006.

Twelve months ago, in November 2006, 33,430 residents of Surry County had jobs and 1,748 (5.0 percent) were unemployed. Since that time there have been several major layoffs at textile and apparel plants in Mount Airy, but growth across the county in retail, service and government employment.

Elsewhere in the Piedmont Triad region of northwest North Carolina, local unemployment rates moved plus or minus 0.1 percent from October to November but were lower than in November 2006 or, in the Winston-Salem metropolitan area, unchanged.

Caswell and Montgomery counties had the region’s highest November unemployment rates at 6.3 percent; Forsyth and Yadkin had the lowest: 4.3 and 4.2 percent respectively.

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