North Carolina experienced relief, albeit small in some cases, with lower jobless rates in all 100 counties for the month of March. Edgecombe County's unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) dropped 1.5% to 15.6%.
Before - and even during - this recession, Edgecombe has often had North Carolina's highest unemployment rate. In the March report, four other counties have more people out of work, including Graham, Rutherford and Caldwell Counties in the western part of the state. As a group, Western North Carolina counties have seen their rates rise more dramatically during this recession, largely the result of lost manufacturing jobs.
Here's the full report from the NC Employment Security Commission:
East Carolina University should put out seasonally adjusted rates later today...you can find them here.