Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 81 of North Carolina’s counties in June, decreased in 14 and remained the same in five. All 14 of the State’s metro areas experienced rate increases. With 3.8 percent job growth, the Asheville area continued to outpace other urban centers across North Carolina with the state’s lowest unemployment in June and the fastest growing economy since January. Statewide, the recovery continued to be sluggish. The number of workers employed statewide decreased in June by 16,445 to 4.3 million while the number of unemployed increased 16,163 to 439,793. In State Rankings Madison County's 8.4% rate ranks Madison at 23rd of the 100 counties in the state. The Yancey rate of 11.3% ranks at number 81 and Mitchell's rate of 12.5% unemployment is ranked 91 in the state.