Last updated: July 30. 2014 11:50AM - 244 Views
By Abby Cavenaugh acavenaugh@civitasmedia.com



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Anson County’s unemployment rate for June 2014 is down half a percentage point from the previous month, to 7.4 percent, according to a report released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division Wednesday morning.


The 7.4 percent unemployment rate means that of Anson’s estimated workforce of 10,483, a total of 773 people received unemployment benefits for the month of June. In addition to declining from the May unemployment rate of 7.9 percent, the June 2014 rate is down 3.5 percent from the same time period last year.


Unemployment rates decreased in 81 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in June, increased in 10, and remained unchanged in nine. All 100 counties experienced decreases when compared to the same time period in 2013.


Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.1 percent while Currituck County had the lowest at 4.2 percent. All of Anson’s neighboring counties had declines in their unemployment rates for June 2014 as well. Richmond’s rate of 8.2 percent was down slightly from 8.5 percent in May. Stanly County’s 5.8 percent was also down from 6.1 percent in May, and Union’s rate of 5.7 was down just 0.1 percent from 5.8 percent the previous month.


The next unemployment update is scheduled for Aug. 18, when the state unemployment rate for July 2014 will be released.


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