Rowan unemployment up in July
Unemployment went up slightly in Rowan County in July, to 11.8 percent, up from 11.6 in June.
The statewide unemployment rate was 10.3 percent in July, down from 10.4 rate in June.
Cabarrus’ unemployment rate is 10.4 percent, unchanged from June.
Other counties surrounding Rowan:
Davidson — 11.3 percent, down from 11.5;
Davie — 9.3 percent, unchanged;
Iredell — 11 percent, down from 11.2;
Stanly — 11.5 percent, up from 11.4.
Unemployment rates decreased in 48 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in July. Rates increased in 39 counties and remained the same in 13.
Not seasonally adjusted, government sector job loss offset small private sector gains. State and local government educational services were mostly affected.
“All metropolitan areas across North Carolina experienced a loss in government employment, mainly in educational services,” said ESC Chairman Lynn R. Holmes.
North Carolina had 44 counties that were at or below the state’s unadjusted unemployment rate of 10.3 percent.
Rates decreased in 11 of the state’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Rates increased in two and remained the same in one.
Currituck County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in July, at 5.2 percent. Meanwhile, Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate, at 17.7 percent.