For the first time in recent memory, Anson County’s unemployment rate is in single digits, according to numbers released Thursday by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division.
The numbers for September were delayed due to the government shutdown, but according to Thursday’s report, Anson’s unemployment rate for September was 9 percent. The rate for October increased only slightly to 9.1 percent.
Of Anson’s 10,945-strong work force, less than 1,000 people (994) received unemployment benefits during the month of October. The number for September was just 10 fewer, with 984 receiving unemployment benefits.
During October, unemployment rates decreased in 56 of North Carolina’s counties, increased in 30 and remained the same in 14. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 14.4 percent, while Chatham County had the lowest at 4.7 percent.
Anson’s neighboring counties experienced decreases in their unemployment rates for the month of October. Richmond’s rate of 10.3 percent was down slightly from 10.4 percent in September, while Union’s October rate of 6.4 percent ticked down from 6.6 percent in September. Stanly’s rate of 7.3 remained unchanged from September to October.
The next unemployment report is scheduled for Dec. 20, when the statewide unemployment rate for November 2013 will be released. County numbers will follow shortly thereafter.