According to data recently released by the NC Division of Employment Security unemployment rates dropped across the state including the counties of Avery, Mitchell, McDowell and Yancey in Western North Carolina from March to April 2014. Mitchell Counties’ rate dropped 1.1 percent over the course of a month to 7.2 percent, while Yancey County saw its rate fall .9 percent to 6.6 percent and Avery County saw its unemployment rate fall to 7.3 percent, a .8 percent decrease from March. McDowell County had the same .8 percent decrease in its rate for the month where it stands at 6.6 percent.
Unemployment rates decreased IN 99 Counties in North Carolina in the month of April with Scotland County still having the state’s highest jobless rate in the state at 11.6 percent and Orange County maintaining the lowers rate at 4 percent. In WNC, Graham County had the highest unemployment rates at 10 percent with Polk County boasting the lowest rates at 4.2 percent.