In June, the rate was 12.7 percent, according to an Aug. 26 statement from the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina. One year ago the unemployment rate was 13.7 percent.
Meanwhile, 10.3 percent of workers in North Carolina are without jobs.
“All metropolitan areas across North Carolina experienced a loss in government employment, mainly in educational services,” ESC chairman Lynn R. Holmes said. This loss was offset by small gains in the private sector.
Of the county’s 9,702 workers, 1,2011 are seeking employment.
Anson’s labor force is experiencing tough times but not as tough as other counties. There are 17 counties out of 100 in the state with a higher unemployment rate.
Scotland County has the highest unemployment rate, 17.7 percent, while Currituck County only has a 5.2 percent rate.
Anson is faring better than one of its four neighbors. Stanly and Union counties are experiencing 11.5 percent and 9.5 percent unemployment, respectively, while Richmond County has a 13.3 percent unemployment rate.
Only 34 of the state’s counties have unemployment below 10 percent while the other 66 have 10 percent or higher.