Unemployment in Anson County increased for the second straight month in December 2012, according to figures released Wednesday by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division.
Anson’s unemployment rate rose 0.2 percentage points to 11.8 in December, up from 11.6 in November. Wednesday’s report states that of Anson’s workforce of 11,238, a total of 1,331 people received unemployment benefits in the county during the month of December. Anson County wasn’t alone in the increase for December.
Of North Carolina’s 100 counties, 97 experienced an increase in unemployment for the month. Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 18.5 percent, while Orange County had the lowest at 5.9 percent. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 12.5 percent experienced the highest rate, and Durham-Chapel Hill, at 7.2 percent, had the lowest.
Each of Anson’s neighboring counties also experienced increases in unemployment rates for December. Richmond’s rate of 12.7 percent was up from 12.2 the previous month, Stanly County increased from 9.1 percent to 9.4 percent, and Union’s unemployment increased to 8.1 from 7.8 percent the previous month.
The next unemployment report, for the month of January, will be released in mid-March.