After a downward trend at the end of 2013, Anson County’s unemployment report is back on the rise again, according to the monthly report released by the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division Friday morning.
Anson’s 8.6 percent unemployment rate for January 2014 was up 0.9 percent from December’s rate of 7.7 percent. The 8.6 percent rate means that of the county’s 10,565-strong workforce, 912 received unemployment benefits during the month of January.
Even if unemployment is on the rise again, January’s rate is down 4.2 percent from the 12.8 percent rate in January 2013.
Anson County was not alone in seeing a rise in unemployment, however. Unemployment rates increased in 96 North Carolina counties in January, and only decreased in two counties. Unemployment remained the same in two counties.
All of Anson’s neighboring counties experienced increases in unemployment as well. Richmond’s rate of 9.5 percent was up slightly from December’s 9.2 percent. Stanly County’s unemployment rate also increased 0.2 percent from 6.2 percent in December to 6.4 percent in January, and Union County unemployment was up half a percentage point from 5.5 in December to an even 6 percent in January.
The next unemployment update is scheduled for March 28, when the state’s unemployment rate for February 2014 will be released.