Orange County continues to have the lowest rate of unemployment out of all 100 North Carolina counties.

That information comes from the County and Area Unemployment report for February, released Wednesday by the Labor and Economic Analysis Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

Orange County’s rate of unemployment for February was four percent.

It was an improvement over the 4.6 percent figure for January, when Orange County also had the best number in the state.

Overall, the report shared some good news for North Carolina. Unemployment rates, not seasonally adjusted, dropped in 95 counties, increased in four and remained the same in one.

There were five counties with rates of five percent or lower. In January, there were only three such counties.

The number of counties with unemployment rates of 10 percent or more dropped from 10 to eight since January.

During that time, Graham replaced Dare as the county with the state’s highest unemployment rate, at 13.8 percent.

Dare County now has the second-highest rate, at 13.5 percent.

The February statewide unemployment rate, not seasonally adjusted, was 6.6 percent.

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