Anson County’s unemployment took a nose dive of nearly 1 percent for the month of October, according to figures released Tuesday morning by the North Carolina Department of Commerce — Labor and Economic Analysis Division.
The October unemployment rate of 11.1 percent was down from 12.0 percent in September. The unemployment rate also decreased 1 percent from 12.1 percent in October 2011. The numbers mean that of Anson’s 11,308-strong workforce, 1,252 received unemployment benefits during the month of October.
Anson was one of 76 North Carolina counties in which unemployment decreased in October. Unemployment rates increased in 16 counties, and were unchanged in eight. When compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates declined in 98 counties.
Currituck County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in October at 5.5 percent, and Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 15.7 percent.
Unemployment rates decreased in all of Anson’s neighboring counties in October. Richmond County’s rate of 12.0 percent was down from 12.4 percent in September, Stanly’s rate of 9.0 was down slightly from 9.1 in September, and Union County’s October rate of 7.4 percent was down from 7.6 percent in September.
Statewide, the unemployment rate for October was 8.8 percent, which was down from 9.0 percent in September. The next state unemployment report will be released Dec. 21.