Anson County’s unemployment rate for May 2014 was up just shy of 1 percentage point from April’s revised rate of 7 percent to 7.9 percent.
The 7.9-percent rate is still well below the May 2013 unemployment rate of 9.7 percent, according to figures released by the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division earlier this month.
Anson County was not the only county in North Carolina to see an increase in unemployment. Unemployment rates increased in 92 of the state’s 100 counties in May, decreased in seven, and remained unchanged in one.
Scotland County once again had the highest unemployment rate in the state at 12.7 percent, while Currituck County had the lowest at 4.6 percent.
Anson’s neighboring counties also all saw increases in unemployment from the previous month. Richmond County’s rate of 8.6 percent was up from April’s 8-percent rate, Stanly was up half a percentage point to 6 percent, and Union’s rate of 5.7 was up from 5.3 percent.
The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) increased in May by 33,207 to 4,414,534, while those unemployed increased by 29,237 to 312,061. Since May 2013, the number of workers employed statewide has increased 72,777, while those unemployed decreased 77,813.
The next unemployment report will be released on July 18, when the state numbers for June 2014 will be reported.