The number of people receiving unemployment benefits in Anson County rose 0.4 percent in November to 11.6 percent, according to figures released Thursday morning by the North Carolina Department of Commerce — Labor and Economic Analysis Division.
Anson’s unemployment rate for the previous month, October, was 11.2 percent, which was down from 12.0 percent in September. The 11.6-percent employment rate means that of Anson’s workforce of 11,340, in November 1,321 people received unemployment benefits.
Unemployment rates increased in 81 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in November, decreased in 13, and were unchanged in six. All of Anson’s neighboring counties also experienced increases in unemployment in November, according to Thursday’s report. Richmond County’s rate of 12.2 percent was up from 12.1 in October, Stanly’s rate of 9.1 was also up slightly from 9.0 the previous month and Union’s rate of 7.8 was also up 0.4 percent from 7.4.
Orange County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in November at 5.7 percent, and Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 16.3 percent.
The next unemployment report will be released on Jan. 18, with the state unemployment numbers for December.