Rowan unemployment rate dips in July

  • Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 11:38 a.m.

SALISBURY — Rowan County’s unemployment rate dipped in July to 9.3 percent, down from 9.5 percent in June and 10.3 percent in July 2012.

The total labor force last month in Rowan was 70,786, with 6,615 Rowan residents unemployed.

In July, the unemployment rates decreased in 81 of North Carolina’s counties, 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.

The unemployment rate in Cabarrus County is 8.5 percent, down from 8.8 in June and 9.4 percent in July 2012.

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 state’s unemployment rate in July was 9.1 percent. The rate has not been seasonally adjusted yet.

When compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates decreased in 97 counties, increased in two and remained unchanged in one. All 14 metro areas experienced rate decreases.

The number of workers employed statewide increased in July by 16,507 to 4,319,371, while those unemployed decreased 6,726 to 431,935. Since July 2012, the number of workers employed statewide increased 25,227, while those unemployed decreased 45,241.

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