Anson unemployment down to 10.1 percent in August

Abby Cavenaugh Editor

October 2, 2013

Anson County’s unemployment rate took a 1.4-percent dip in August, to 10.1 percent. In fact, unemployment dropped in all but two of North Carolina’s 100 counties for the month of August.

The 10.1 percent rate means that of Anson’s workforce of 10,921, a total of 1,103 received unemployment benefits in August, according to figures released Wednesday by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division. Statewide, the number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) decreased by 19,577 to 4,300,113, but those unemployed also decreased 44,354 to 388,448.

When compared to 2012’s numbers,unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties. All 14 metro areas also experienced rate decreases over the year.

Scotland County had the state’s highest unemployment rate in August, at 15.2 percent, while Currituck County’s rate of 4.1 percent was the lowest in the state. All of Anson’s neighboring counties also saw decreases in unemployment for the month of August. Richmond’s rate of 11 percent was down 0.9 percent from July, while Stanly’s rate was down 0.7 percent to 8.1 percent and Union County’s rate was down to 7.2 percent from 7.9 percent in July.

The next unemployment report is scheduled for Oct. 22, when the statewide unemployment rate for September will be released.