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Watauga County sees decrease in July unemployment rate

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Article Published: Sep. 5, 2013 | Modified: Sep. 5, 2013
Watauga County sees decrease in July unemployment rate

Unemployment rates decreased in 81 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in July, increased in nine and remained the same in 10.

Twelve of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases, one increased and one remained unchanged, according to statistics released by the state.

Watauga County’s July rate of 7.9 percent reflects a .3 percent decrease from the previous month.
Ashe County had a July rate of 10.7 percent, down .6 percent from June, while Avery County’s rate of 9 percent indicates a 1.1 percent decrease.

Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 16 percent, while Currituck County had the lowest at 5.3 percent.

Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 13.3 percent experienced the highest rate, and Asheville at 6.8 percent had the lowest. The July not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 9.1 percent.

When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 97 counties, increased in two and remained unchanged in one. All 14 metro areas experienced rate decreases.

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