The unemployment rate in Anson County fell slightly in April.
The rate dropped from 12.1 percent in March to 11.9 percent in April, according to figures released by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina May 27. Anson joins 72 other counties in the state that experienced an improvement in the unemployment rate.
“Rates continue to decline across North Carolina as nearly half of North Carolina’s 100 counties are back below 10 percent,” ESC chairman Lynn R. Holmes said.
Meanwhile, the rate increased in 10 counties and stayed the same in 17 others. Statewide, the unemployment rate is 9.5 percent.
In North Carolina, the number of workers employed increased in April by 6,751 to 4,046,255. The number of unemployed workers went down by 10,036 to 424,502.
Anson has a labor market of 9,760 workers with 8,523 of them employed and 1,147 of them searching for work.
For context, the unemployment rate in the county was 13.8 percent in January and 15.1 percent in April of 2010.
In comparison to its neighbors, Anson is still behind. Union County has an unemployment rate of 8.6 percent, Richmond County has a rate of 12.3 percent and Stanly County has a rate of 10.4 percent.
The agency will release the state unemployment rate for May on June 17.