The latest unemployment numbers were released by the Sate of North Carolina on Friday. The rate of joblessness increased in all 100 counties during the month of January as compared to December of 2015. In Alexander County the unemployment rate was listed at 5.1 percent up from 4.7. Caldwell County saw an increase from 5.7 % to 6% and neighboring Catawba County recorded a hike of 5.1 % to 5.5 %. The Highest rate of unemployment in the state belonged to Hyde County at 15.5% and the lowest was Buncombe at 4.5.