Anson's unemployment rate went from 13.4 percent in June to 12.6 percent in July. By comparison, at this time last year, the unemployment rate in the county was 15.2 percent.
The statewide rate was 9.9 percent, down from 10.1 percent in June. Anson's unemployment rate was the 10th highest in the state.
Anson's fortunes were shared by most of North Carolina. The unemployment rate dropped in 86 of the state's 100 counties in July. It increased in six counties and stayed the same in eight.
"Local communities continue to be challenged by economic conditions," ESC chairman Lynn R. Holes said in an Aug. 27 press release. Over half of the counties in the state have an unemployment rate above 10 percent.
The picture was similar throughout the region. Stanly County had an unemployment rate of 11.4 percent, Richmond had an unemployment rate of 13.1 percent while Union had an unemployment rate of 9.2 percent.
Currituck County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state with 4.5 percent and Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate with 16.2 percent.