County unemployment declining

Staff report

LAURINBURG — Though it fell by a full percentage point from August, Scotland County’s September unemployment rate remained the highest in the state, according to N.C. Department of Commerce figures released in late October.

With a 10.2 percent jobless rate, Scotland was one of two counties with double-digit unemployment in September. Graham County, on the Tennessee border with a population below 9,000, came in at 10 percent.

Scotland County’s unemployment rate fell 1.2 percentage points from 11.4 percent in August, and fell slightly under its September 2014 jobless rate of 10.6 percent.

With a total labor force of 11,536 in the county, a 10.2 percent unemployment rate represents 1,171 individuals looking for work.

Statewide, the unemployment rate fell from 6.1 percent in August to 5.4 percent. A total of 21 counties registered rates at 5 percent or lower, with Buncombe the lowest at 4 percent.

September unemployment rates in neighboring counties were 8.1 percent in Robeson, 7.6 percent in Richmond, 7.4 percent in Hoke, 7 percent in Cumberland, and 5.5 percent in Moore.

Staff report

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