For the second straight month, Anson County’s unemployment rate has increased, according to numbers released Friday by the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division.
The county’s unemployment rate for June was 12.5 percent, up 0.8 percent from May’s 11.7 percent. This puts Anson close to its unemployment rate in June 2011, 12.6 percent.
Anson was not alone. Unemployment rates rose in 84 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in June. Unemployment was down in 11 counties and remained unchanged in five. When compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates declined in 91 counties, increased in six, and remained the same in three.
Anson’s neighboring counties all experienced increases in the month of June. Richmond’s unemployment rate rose from 12.4 percent to 13.0, Stanly’s increased from 9.7 to 10.2, and Union’s 8.5 percent rate is up from May’s 8.0 percent.
Currituck County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in June at 5.3 percent, and Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 17.6 percent.
But the increase doesn’t necessarily mean that unemployment is taking a turn for the worse. “Over-the-year numbers are showing a positive trend compared to the June numbers,” said N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll. “Since June of last year, rates are down in nearly all of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Job announcements continue to be made across our state and we remain focused on getting people back to work. Working with employers statewide and providing assistance in our employment service offices is critical to finding opportunities for our customers.”