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RALEIGH — The jobless rate for Bladen County inched up slightly to 9.9 percent in July. That comes after the rate held steady in June at 9.4 percent.


Neighboring counties have also seen increases in their unemployment figures.


Columbus County saw the unemployment rate inch upward for the second straight month to 9.1 percent in July after a slight uptick in June to 8.6 percent. Robeson County actually saw its jobless rate jump upwards by .07 percent to 10.1 percent in July. Scotland County maintains the highest unemployment rate in the state with a rate of 12.7 percent in July.


Bladen County reported a labor force of 14,795 for July and classified 1,469 individuals as unemployed. Columbus County reported a labor force of 24,506 and classified 2,241 individuals as unemployed for July. Robeson County claimed a labor force of 52,885 and classified 5,337 individuals as unemployed for July. Scotland County reported a labor force of 12,414 and classified 1,573 individuals for July.


One year ago, Bladen County reported an unemployment rate of 11.5 percent for a 12-month decrease of 1.6 percent. Columbus County reported an unemployment rate of 10.8 percent in July 2013, for an over the year decrease of 1.7 percent. Robeson County reported an unemployment rate of 12.1 percent in July 2013 for an over the year decrease of 2.0 percent. Scotland County reported an unemployment rate of 14.7 percent in July 2013 for an over the year decrease of 2.0 percent.


In July Scotland County still ranked no. 100 among the state’s counties in unemployment while Bladen County was ranked 94th. Robeson County was ranked 95th among the state’s counties for unemployment and Columbus County was ranked 88th in unemployment.


In July, six counties reported an unemployment rate higher than 10 percent while 91 counties reported an unemployment rate between 5 and 10 percent. For July, three counties reported an unemployment rate below 5 percent.


In June, eight counties reported an unemployment rate higher than 10 percent while 89 counties reported an unemployment rate between 5 and 10 percent. For June, three counties reported an unemployment rate below 5 percent.


The state of North Carolina reported an unemployment rate of 6.9 percent for July while the national unemployment rate was reported to have held steady at 6.2 percent.

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