Rowan’s unemployment rate goes up by 0.3 percent

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 30, 2013

SALISBURY — Rowan County’s unemployment rate increased to 9.5 percent in June, along with the rates in 80 other North Carolina counties.
Rowan County’s rate went up from 9.2 percent in May. The rate was 10 percent in June 2012.
The county’s labor force included 72,109 workers last month, and 6,856 people were unemployed.
Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 81 North Carolina counties in June, decreased in 14 and remained the same in five. All 14 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases.
Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 16.2 percent, while Currituck County had the lowest at 5.8 percent. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 13.3 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville at 7.1 percent had the lowest.
The June not-seasonally-adjusted statewide rate was 9.3 percent.
The number of workers employed statewide decreased in June by 16,445 to 4,303,424, while those unemployed increased 16,163 to 439,793.
Since June 2012, the number of workers employed statewide increased 11,966, while those unemployed decreased 26,257.
The statewide unemployment rate release for July is scheduled for Aug. 19.