Unemployment rates increased in 92 counties in North Carolina with Western NC doing better than most of the state. With the exception of Avery County, whose unemployment rate remained the same at 7.3 percent, each county in our area saw a drop in their jobless rate from May to June. In Buncombe County the rate fell from 4.9 percent to 4.5 percent while in Madison County the rate plummeted from 5.6 percent to 4.6 percent and in McDowell the figures showed a drop from 7.2 percent in May to 6.7 percent in June. Yancey County saw its rate fall from 7.1 percent to 6.6 percent and Mitchell's unemployment rate dropped from 7.5 to 7.2 percent. Scotland County continued to have the state's highest unemployment at 12.7 percent while Currituck County turned in the lowest figures in the state with a 4.6 percent unemployment rate. The unemployment rate for the state during the period was 6.6 percent.