Anson County’s unemployment rate for November dropped 0.9 percent to 8.2, according to numbers released Tuesday morning by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division.
That number is down nearly 4 percent from Anson’s unemployment rate one year ago. Dropping unemployment rates were a trend throughout the state in November. Unemployment decreased in 91 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in November and increased in nine. All 14 of the state’s metro areas also experienced a drop in unemployment rates.
Statewide, the number of workers employed rose to 4,347,769 in November, while the number of unemployed decreased by 29,308 to 322,319. Since November 2012, the number of workers employed statewide increased 22,025, while those unemployed decreased 110,279.
Scotland County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 13.5 percent, while Orange County had the lowest at 4.3. The November statewide rate was 6.9 percent.
Anson’s neighboring counties all experienced decreases in their unemployment rates for the month of November. Richmond’s unemployment rate was down to 9.6 percent, while Stanly’s decreased to 6.7 percent, and Union County unemployment was down to 5.8 percent.
The next report is scheduled for Jan. 28, when December’s state unemployment rate for will be released.