Eighty-one of North Carolina's 100 counties saw their unemployment rates decrease in July as more were hired for work. The overall state unemployment rate is 9.1 percent with a little more than 4 million people employed. According to the NC Department of Commerce:
• Yancey County's unemployment rate is 10.4 percent
• Mitchell County has an unemployment rate of 11.5 percent
• Madison County's unemployment rate is 7.7 percent
• McDowell County’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.8 percent
• Buncombe County has an unemployment rate of 6.7 percent
• Avery County's unemployment rate is 9.0 percent
• Scotland County has the state's highest unemployment rate at 16 percent while Currituck County had the lowest at 5.3 percent.