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Rowan unemployment down to 9.6 percent

Rowan County’s April unemployment rate was down slightly, to 9.6 percent, from 10.3 percent in March.
Overall, unemployment fell in 93 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in April, increased in three and remained the same in four. When compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates declined in 88 counties, increased in 11, and remained the same in one.
Rowan’s April 2011 rate was 11.2 percent.
Cabarrus County’s April 2012 rate was 8.5 percent, down from 9 percent in March. The April 2011 rate was 9.5 percent.
In other counties surrounding Rowan, the rates are:
Davidson — 9.8 percent, down from 10.5 percent in March; April 2011, 11.1;
Davie — 8.1 percent, down from 8.8 percent; April 2011 9.7 percent;
Iredell — 9.5 percent, down from 10 percent; April 2011, 10.9 percent;
Stanly — 9.5 percent, down from 10 percent; April 2011 10.88.
North Carolina had 32 counties that were at or below the state’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 9.1 percent. This was a .5 of a percentage point decrease from March’s revised rate of 9.6 percent, and a .9 percentage-point decrease over the year.
Currituck County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in April at 5.3 percent, and Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 17.4 percent.

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