After a downward trend, Anson County’s unemployment rate increased 0.7 percent for the month of July, to 8 percent, according to numbers released Wednesday morning by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division.
The 8-percent July rate means that of Anson’s 10,632-strong workforce, a total of 847 people received unemployment benefits for the month.
June’s rate was 7.3 percent, a full 3 percent lower than the 10.3 percent rate in July 2013, so the rate continues to decrease when compared with last year. Unemployment rates increased in 95 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in July, but when compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties.
Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate for July at 12.7 percent while Currituck County had the lowest, 3.9 percent. All 14 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases.
All of Anson’s neighboring counties also saw unemployment rates increase for July 2014. Richmond’s rate of 8.7 percent was up 0.5 percent in July, while Stanly County’s rate of 6.3 percent also increased half a percentage point from the previous month. Union’s rate of 6 percent was up 0.3 percent from June.
The next unemployment update is scheduled for Sept. 19, when the state unemployment rate for August 2014 will be released.