Jobless rate decreases in Watauga County

Article Published: Aug. 30, 2012 | Modified: Aug. 30, 2012

Unemployment rates decreased in 47 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in July, increased in 26 and were unchanged in 27. When compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates declined in 94 counties, increased in four, and remained the same in two.

“Rates either dropped or remained the same in most of North Carolina in July,” said N.C. Department of Commerce deputy secretary Dale Carroll. “Compared to the same time last year, nearly all of the state’s counties have a lower unemployment rate. We will continue our statewide effort between employers, our workforce partners and our employment service offices to put people back to work.”

North Carolina had 34 counties that were at or below the state’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 9.8 percent. Unemployment rates decreased in 8 of the state’s 14 Metropolitan Statistical Areas. The rate increased in two and stayed the same in four.

The number of workers employed (not seasonally adjusted) increased in July 12,968 to 4,249,084, while those unemployed fell 1,362 to 462,255. Since July 2011, the number of workers unemployed decreased 50,996, whilenthose employed increased 60,772.

Watauga County's July rate of 8.7 percent saw a .1 percent decrease from June. Ashe County's July rate of 10.9 percent dropped from 11.3 percent in June, while Avery County's July rate dropped to 10.7 percent from 11.12 percent in June.

Currituck County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in July at 4.7 percent, and Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 17.6 percent.

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