GREENVILLE, N.C. (Stacker.com) — As of October of this year, national unemployment is at 3.7%, 0.2% higher than in September.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 2.0% in Minnesota, to 4.5% in Illinois and 4.7% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in North Carolina using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in September 2022.

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#50. Lenoir County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.3%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -1.2%
– Total labor force: 26,935 (899 unemployed)

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#49. Montgomery County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.3%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
– Total labor force: 11,413 (373 unemployed)

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#48. Moore County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.3%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -0.7%
– Total labor force: 40,699 (1,332 unemployed)

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#47. Randolph County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.3%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
– Total labor force: 65,436 (2,147 unemployed)

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#46. Rowan County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.3%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
– Total labor force: 67,165 (2,194 unemployed)

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#45. Sampson County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.3%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
– Total labor force: 28,066 (917 unemployed)

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#44. Craven County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.4%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
– Total labor force: 40,971 (1,374 unemployed)

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#43. Forsyth County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.4%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
– Total labor force: 186,510 (6,344 unemployed)

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#42. Gaston County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.4%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -1.2%
– Total labor force: 113,746 (3,851 unemployed)

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#41. Wilkes County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.4%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
– Total labor force: 26,528 (913 unemployed)

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#40. Beaufort County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.5%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -0.7%
– Total labor force: 19,712 (684 unemployed)

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#39. Cherokee County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.5%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
– Total labor force: 10,826 (379 unemployed)

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#38. Wayne County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.5%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
– Total labor force: 50,942 (1,802 unemployed)

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#37. Caswell County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.6%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
– Total labor force: 9,757 (348 unemployed)

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#36. Cleveland County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.6%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -1.1%
– Total labor force: 47,874 (1,745 unemployed)

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#35. Mitchell County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.6%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -0.8%
– Total labor force: 5,914 (214 unemployed)

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#34. Harnett County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.7%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
– Total labor force: 54,939 (2,052 unemployed)

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#33. Pitt County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.7%
— 1 month change: -0.8%
— 1 year change: -0.7%
– Total labor force: 88,467 (3,264 unemployed)

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#32. Rockingham County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.7%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -1.0%
– Total labor force: 39,526 (1,479 unemployed)

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#31. Chowan County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.8%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
– Total labor force: 5,598 (211 unemployed)

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#30. Clay County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.8%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -0.2%
– Total labor force: 4,012 (151 unemployed)

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#29. Guilford County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.8%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -1.1%
– Total labor force: 260,797 (9,838 unemployed)

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#28. Perquimans County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.8%
— 1 month change: -0.8%
— 1 year change: -0.8%
– Total labor force: 4,879 (187 unemployed)

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#27. Lee County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.9%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
– Total labor force: 25,998 (1,001 unemployed)

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#26. Onslow County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.9%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -0.4%
– Total labor force: 66,653 (2,590 unemployed)

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#25. Pasquotank County

– Current unemployment rate: 3.9%
— 1 month change: -0.9%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
– Total labor force: 16,432 (645 unemployed)

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#24. Hyde County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.0%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -0.2%
– Total labor force: 1,809 (72 unemployed)

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#23. Columbus County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.1%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -1.2%
– Total labor force: 22,799 (931 unemployed)

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#22. Martin County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.1%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
– Total labor force: 8,525 (348 unemployed)

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#21. Anson County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.2%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -1.7%
– Total labor force: 10,095 (427 unemployed)

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#20. Bladen County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.2%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -1.1%
– Total labor force: 13,953 (590 unemployed)

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#19. Brunswick County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.2%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -0.7%
– Total labor force: 56,330 (2,356 unemployed)

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#18. Bertie County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.4%
— 1 month change: -1.0%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
– Total labor force: 7,274 (320 unemployed)

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#17. Graham County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.4%
— 1 month change: -0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.3%
– Total labor force: 3,021 (134 unemployed)

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#16. Northampton County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.4%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -1.1%
– Total labor force: 7,079 (308 unemployed)

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#15. Rutherford County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.5%
— 1 month change: -0.9%
— 1 year change: -1.1%
– Total labor force: 24,128 (1,082 unemployed)

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#14. Hertford County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.6%
— 1 month change: -0.9%
— 1 year change: -1.5%
– Total labor force: 8,459 (393 unemployed)

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#13. Tyrrell County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.6%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -0.8%
– Total labor force: 1,373 (63 unemployed)

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#12. Hoke County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.8%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
– Total labor force: 20,391 (972 unemployed)

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#11. Washington County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.8%
— 1 month change: -0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.2%
– Total labor force: 4,315 (205 unemployed)

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#10. Cumberland County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.9%
— 1 month change: -0.9%
— 1 year change: -1.2%
– Total labor force: 128,303 (6,270 unemployed)

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#9. Nash County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.9%
— 1 month change: -0.8%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
– Total labor force: 41,462 (2,021 unemployed)

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#8. Wilson County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.1%
— 1 month change: -1.1%
— 1 year change: -1.0%
– Total labor force: 32,351 (1,657 unemployed)

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#7. Richmond County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.2%
— 1 month change: -0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.5%
– Total labor force: 16,213 (843 unemployed)

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#6. Robeson County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.5%
— 1 month change: -1.0%
— 1 year change: -1.3%
– Total labor force: 47,527 (2,599 unemployed)

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#5. Halifax County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.7%
— 1 month change: -0.9%
— 1 year change: -1.0%
– Total labor force: 18,905 (1,070 unemployed)

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#4. Vance County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.9%
— 1 month change: -1.0%
— 1 year change: -1.1%
– Total labor force: 16,515 (977 unemployed)

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#3. Scotland County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.5%
— 1 month change: -1.2%
— 1 year change: -2.1%
– Total labor force: 10,962 (716 unemployed)

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#2. Edgecombe County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.8%
— 1 month change: -1.1%
— 1 year change: -1.3%
– Total labor force: 19,905 (1,350 unemployed)

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#1. Warren County

– Current unemployment rate: 7.6%
— 1 month change: +0.7%
— 1 year change: +0.6%
– Total labor force: 6,632 (505 unemployed)