Anson County was one of 93 North Carolina counties in which the unemployment rate decreased in the month of April, according to numbers released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce — Labor and Economic Analysis Division on Friday, May 25.
In April, Anson’s rate fell to 10.6 percent, down from 10.9 percent in March. That means that of Anson County’s labor force of 10,884, a total of 1,152 people received unemployment benefits during the month of April.
Across the state, unemployment rates fell in 93 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in April, increased in three and remained the same in four. When compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates declined in 88 counties, increased in 11, and remained the same in one.
“Rates continued to drop in April,” said N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll. “Looking at over-the-year numbers, most of North Carolina’s counties have lower unemployment rates which is certainly positive. Throughout the state, our employment service offices assist those looking to find work with various programs and job search assistance. We are committed to both citizens and employers in getting North Carolinians back to work.”
Currituck County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in April at 5.3 percent, and Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 17.4 percent.
Unemployment rates decreased in all of Anson’s neighboring counties. Richmond County’s unemployment was down slightly from 12.7 in March to 12.6 in April, Stanly’s rate decreased from 10.0 to 9.5, and Union’s rate decreased from 8.2 percent to 7.7 percent.