Wayne County’s unemployment rate takes a few small steps in the wrong direction. According to the latest update from the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Wayne County’s seasonally unadjusted jobless rate increased to 6.1% in November, up from the 5.8% unemployment rate recorded in October. This latest rate remains well above the 3.7% jobless rate in Wayne County in November of 2019. Wayne County is now ranked as having the 40th highest unemployment rate out of North Carolina’s 100 counties. 76 North Carolina counties saw their jobless rates increase in November.