RALEIGH – Orange County once again took over with North Carolina’s lowest unemployment rate in November falling to the lowest point since December 2008.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce, Labor and Economic Analysis Division reported that between October and November of 2013, nearly 750 more people were employed and 403 fewer people claimed unemployment, not seasonally adjusted.

Moreover, the comparison from November 2012 to 2013 shows great improvement. The difference in one year is more than 1,500 more people employed and more than 1,100 fewer people on the unemployment list resulting in an unemployment rate 1.5 percent better.

OrangeCounty’s neighbor, Chatham fell to the second-best rate at 4.6 percent, just 0.3 behind Orange. Three of North Carolina’s 100 counties are below the five-percent mark. The third is PolkCounty in the southwestern part of the state at 4.9 percent.

To see the complete results of November’s unemployment rate, click here. December’s unemployment rate for the state is scheduled to be released January 28.