Anson County’s unemployment rate decreased half a percentage point to 6.9 percent for the month of April, according to figures released by the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division Wednesday morning.
The last time Anson's unemployment rate reached this level was in September 2007, when it was 6.8 percent, said Scott Clontz, branch manager for the Anson Workforce Center in Wadesboro. "We hope that means people are going back to work," he said.
The number breakdown shows that of Anson’s workforce of 10,455, 724 people received unemployment benefits in April.
The 6.9-percent rate is down nearly 3 percent from the same time period last year, when Anson’s unemployment rate was 9.6 percent.
Clontz said that the traffic in the Anson Workforce Center, commonly known as "the unemployment office" hasn't changed much, despite the decrease in the unemployment rate. "Our traffic is the same as it's always been," he said. "Most people come and use our computers to look for a job, and then they're on their way. We have very few questions about unemployment. It's all done online now."
The unemployment rate for April decreased in 99 of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 11.6 percent while Orange County had the lowest at 4.0 percent.
Anson’s neighboring counties all experienced decreases in unemployment for the month of April. Richmond County’s 8.8 percent rate was down 0.6 percent from the March rate of 9.4, and both Stanly and Union counties’ rates were down half a percentage point, to 5.5 percent and 5.3 percent, respectively.
The next unemployment update is scheduled for June 20, when the state rate for May 2014 will be released.