Johnston’s Unemployment Rate Falls Below Four Percent

Unemployment rates decreased in 93 of North Carolina’s counties in August, increased in two, and remained unchanged in five. 

Johnston County’s jobless rate fell from 4.1 percent in July to 3.9 percent in August.  A year earlier, in August 2020, the county had an unemployment rate of 6.0 percent.  The rate declined 2.1 percent during the 12 month period.

Neighboring counties also saw lower unemployment rate trends from July to August.  Wayne County’s rate fell from 4.9 to 4.7 percent, Sampson from 4.5 to 4.3 percent, Wake 3.8 to 3.7 percent, Wilson 6.5 to 6.4 percent and Harnett County 5.2 to 5.0 percent.

In August 2021, Johnston County had a labor force of 101,937 workers. Of that number, 3958 were unemployed, according to the NC Department of Commerce.  Johnston ranked 26th among the 100 counties in North Carolina with the lowest unemployment rate. Chatham County had the lowest rate at 3.4 percent.  Scotland County had the highest at 8.7 percent. 

Compared to August 2020, unemployment rates are down in all 100 counties.  77 counties now have rates 5 percent or lower. In July 2021, 69 counties had jobless rate five percent or lower.



  1. Well doesn’t mean people are going Peking just means less people are collecting unemployment. They have welfare to fall back in now.

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