Unemployment Rates for June Show Some Progress in Region

North Carolina’s unemployment rate for June was 6.5 percent with area counties making some gains in employment.
Locally, with the exception of Mitchell County, in which the unemployment rate remained unchanged in June at 7.6 percent, unemployment rates fell across the area.

In Yancey County the unemployment rate dropped from 7.0 to 6.9 percent while in neighboring Madison County the rate fell from 5.6 to 5.3 percent. In McDowell County citizens saw the rate drop from 7.1 to 6.8 percent in June while Avery County’s unemployment rate decreased from 7.3 percent to 6.7 percent. Scotland County had the highest rate at 12.1 percent and Currituck County the lowest at 4.2 percent.

Unemployment rates decreased in 81 of the state’s counties, increased in 10 and remained unchanged in nine according  to recently released figures from the  NC Department of Commerce.

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