Unemployment rates drop slightly in Rowan, across the state

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 1, 2016

SALISBURY — Ninety counties in the state saw decreased unemployment rates for the month of July, including Rowan County.

According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Rowan County’s unemployment rate for July was 5.5 percent, compared to 5.8 percent in June, not seasonally adjusted. The unemployment rate was at 6.5 percent in July of last year.

The county moved up a few notches in the state unemployment rankings, coming in at 66th compared to ranking 70th in June.

Surrounding counties also saw decreases in unemployment. Cabarrus County, ranked 15th in the state, had an unemployment rate of 4.5 percent for July, decreasing slightly from June’s 4.6 percent. The county’s unemployment rate for July of last year was 5.7 percent.

Davidson County, ranked 29th in the state, had an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent for July. Its rate decreased from 4.9 percent in June and 6.1 percent in July of 2015.

Davie County ranked 13th in the state for its unemployment ranking of 4.4 percent in July. Its rate for June was 4.7 percent and 5.5 percent for July of 2015.

Iredell County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent in July from 4.9 percent in June. The unemployment rate in July of 2015 was at 5.9 percent.

Iredell’s ranking was 26th, just below Stanly County’s ranking of 24th. Stanly County also had a 4.7 percent unemployment rate for July, decreasing from 4.8 percent in June. The rate for July of 2015 was 5.9 percent.

Two counties in the state saw increases in unemployment rates for July and eight saw no change.

Though Scotland County’s unemployment rate decreased, it again had the highest rate in the state with 9 percent. Buncombe County again had the lowest rate, at 3.8 percent.

The statewide unemployment rate was 5 percent, down from 5.2 percent in June.