Edgecombe County--even in good economic times--often has one of the two highest unemployment rates in North Carolina (Scotland County is the other). But in a recent report on poverty in North Carolina released by the NC Justice Center, 11 counties had poverty rates higher than Edgecombe's.
Neighboring Pitt County, which is home to several economic engines that have still been turning in this recession--East Carolina University and Pitt County Memorial Hospital among others--had an unemployment rate of 10.4 percent in September. By comparison, Edgecombe's rate stood at about 16 percent that month. But the levels of poverty in the two communities are much closer: 22.9 % of Edgecombe's people live below the poverty level, less than a percentage point above Pitt's 22.2%.
Read more of the report from the NC Justice Center