The unemployment rate was up from 11.7 percent in May, according to a July 29 statement from the Employment Security Commission (ESC) of North Carolina.
“What we are seeing in most metropolitan areas across North Carolina is a loss in government employment,” ESC chairman Lynn R. Holmes said. “This is partially attributed to changes in local and state education at the end of the school year.”
For comparison, in June 2010 the unemployment rate was 14.2 percent in Anson. There are 15 counties in the state with a higher unemployment rate and several tied with Anson at 12.5 percent.
The employment picture in Anson is worse than some of its neighbors. Richmond County has an unemployment rate of 13.2 percent while the rate is 11.3 percent in Stanly and 9.4 percent in Union.
Anson has a labor force of 9,861 workers and 1,207 are seeking a job.
The unemployment rate statewide is 10.4 percent, with 68 counties in North Carolina above 10 percent and 32 counties between five and 10 percent.
Currituck County has the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 5.5 percent while Scotland County has the highest rate, 17.1 percent.