Johnston’s Unemployment Rate At 5.3 Percent

Johnston County’s unemployment rate climbed slightly in November, according to statistics released Tuesday by the NC Department of Commerce.  The county’s jobless rate increased from 5.2% in October to 5.3% in November 2020.  That’s 2.0% higher than in November 2019 when the unemployment rate was 3.3% in Johnston County.

In November the statewide unemployment rate was 6.1%.  Johnston ranked 29th out of 100 counties for unemployed workers.  According to the data, 5,207 people were unemployed in November out of a labor force of 97,437.

Watauga County had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.2%.  Scotland County had the highest at 10.5%.

Wake County reported a jobless rate of 5.2%, Wilson County 7.7%, Wayne County 6.1%, Sampson County 5.1% and Harnett County 6.4%.

The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) increased in November by 8,578 to 4,665,264, while those unemployed increased by 4,704 to 301,765. Since November 2019, the number of workers employed statewide decreased 257,672, while those unemployed increased 123,934.