Anson's unemployment rate was 14.8 percent, according to an Oct. 23 statement from the Employment Security Commission (ESC) of North Carolina. The rate was 15 percent in August.
Anson had the fourth-highest unemployment rate in the state.
This was part of a statewide trend, with 76 counties experiencing a decline in unemployment. Fourteen counties experienced an increase while 10 counties' rate was the same as August.
"The global and national recession continues to affect our state," ESC Chairman Moses Carey Jr. said. "While 76 counties across North Carolina experienced an unemployment rate decrease, we must remember that most of these same counties remain at a high rate."
The unemployment rate in North Carolina was 10.4 percent, compared to 10.7 percent in August. Forty-five counties had a rate below 10.4 percent.
Currituck County had the lowest rate in the state, 5 percent. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate, 16.5 percent.
Thirty-five counties had an unemployment rate between 5 and 10 percent while 64 counties had a rate above 10 percent.
The unemployment rate in Anson was higher than surrounding counties. The unemployment rates in Stanly, Richmond and Union were 11.9 percent, 13.2 percent and 10 percent, respectively.
The unemployment rate in Anson in September of 2008 was 9.4 percent.