Anson was one of 97 North Carolina counties in which unemployment decreased during the month of September. The September 2012 unemployment rate for Anson was 11.8 percent, according to figures released Friday by the North Carolina Department of Commerce — Labor and Economic Analysis Division. That’s down 1.2 percent from the August rate of 13.0 percent.
The county report comes on the same day as the U.S. Labor Department’s unemployment report, also released Friday morning, which shows that more companies were hiring in October, for a total of 171,000 new jobs, but the unemployment rate inched up from 7.8 percent to 7.9 percent in September.
On the state level, North Carolina’s unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) was 8.9 percent in September. This was a 0.8 of a percentage-point decrease from August’s revised rate of 9.7 percent, and a 1.5 percentage-point decrease over the year.
Anson’s neighboring counties all experienced declines in unemployment during the month of September. Richmond’s unemployment rate fell from 12.7 percent in August to 12.3 in September, while Stanly’s decreased from 9.8 to 9.1 and Union’s unemployment declined from 8.3 to 7.6 percent. Currituck County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in at 5.1 percent, and Scotland County had the highest at 16.1 percent.
The state’s unemployment rate for October will be released Nov. 16.