Rowan's unemployment rate fell in August
SALISBURY - Rowan County's unemployment rate fell slightly in August, with 341 more people in the labor force than in July.
The rate fell from 10.3 percent to 10.1 percent, and the number of employed people in Rowan went up from 62,462 to 62,803.
Rowan followed a trend in North Carolina, where the unemployment rate decreased in 72 of the state's 100 counties. The rate was unchanged in 10 counties and went up in 18.
Overall, North Carolina's unemployment rate was 9.7 percent.
Rowan's rate is still three points higher than it was in 2008 before the economy crashed. Then, Rowan had a 6.8 percent unemployment rate that shot up to 12.9 percent in 2009 and 13.1 percent in 2010.
Since then, Rowan's unemployment rate has remained in double digits, other than in April 2012, when it fell to 9.6 percent.
In August, Currituck County had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 4.7 percent. Scotland County had the highest rate at 17.2 percent.
Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.