Anson’s unemployment dips slightly in July

Abby Cavenaugh Editor

August 28, 2013

Anson County’s unemployment rate for the month of July was down just 0.1 percent from 11.5 percent in June to 11.4 percent, according to a report released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce - Labor and Economic Analysis Division on Wednesday.

Of Anson County’s workforce of 10,968, 1,248 received unemployment benefits during the month of July. Essentially, the 11.4 percent rate for July includes only those Anson County residents who received unemployment benefits, not those who may be unemployed and receive no benefits.

Anson was in the majority of North Carolina counties — unemployment rates decreased in 81 counties in July, increased in nine and remained the same in 10. When compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates decreased in 97 counties, increased in two and remained unchanged in one.

Scotland County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 16.0 percent while Currituck County had the lowest at 5.3 percent. The July statewide rate was 9.1 percent.

Anson’s neighboring counties also all experienced a decrease in unemployment for the month of July. Richmond’s 11.9 percent rate in July was down from June’s rate of 12.2 percent. Stanly’s rate increased by 0.1 percent to 8.8 in July, while Union’s July unemployment rate of 7.9 was also down just 0.1 percent from 8.0 percent in June.

The next unemployment report is scheduled for Sept. 20, when the statewide unemployment rate for August 2013 will be released.