Surry County’s jobless received a glimmer of hope in July, as the county’s unemployment rate decreased by a third of a percent, but the county is still dangerously close to double-digit unemployment, according to figures released Wednesday by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Division of Employment Security (DES).
The county’s unemployment rate in July was a reported 9.6 percent, down three-tenths of a percent from the June jobless rate of 9.9 percent.
Surry County reported a civilian labor force of 32,940, down slightly from June’s reported 33,114, according to the DES.
Of those 32,940, the county reported 29,767 people employed, with 3,173 people seeking work. In June, 3,265 people were reported as unemployed.
Neighboring Stokes County had even more good news in July, reporting a 7.9 percent jobless rate out of a civilian labor force of 23,942. In June, the county’s unemployment rate was 8.4 percent.
Stokes County reported 22,039 workers employed, with 1,903 listed as seeking work by the DES.
In June, the county reported 2,017 workers unemployed.
Yadkin County’s unemployment rate also fell in July, with 7.7 percent of the county’s 18,934 civilian labor force seeking work.
In June, Yadkin County reported an 8.1 percent jobless rate.
Yadkin County reported 1,463 workers seeking employment, a drop from June’s reported 1,544 unemployed workers.
Alleghany County’s jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percent in July, down to 9.2 percent from June’s reported 9.4 percent, according to the DES.
The county reported 4,231 employed workers out of a civilian labor force of 4,659.
In June, the county reported 436 residents seeking work out of a labor force of 4,500.
Wilkes County’s jobless rate remained in the double-digits in July, with the county reporting a 10.1 percent jobless rate out of a civilian labor force of 29,555.
But Wilkes County also saw its jobless rate decrease substantially from the June rate of 10.9 percent, when it reported 3,127 workers seeking a job out of a labor force of 28,629, the DES reported.
Across the state, Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate, at 16 percent, while Currituck County reported the lowest jobless rate, at 5.3 percent.
Statewide, North Carolina reported an 8.9 percent jobless rate, a one-tenth of a percent increase from June’s 8.8 percent reported by the DES.
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