RALEIGH — Scotland County’s unemployment rate decreased in December for the previous month, according to figures released on Wednesday by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
Scotland’s unemployment rate was 9.9 percent in December, down from 10.2 percent in November.
The unemployment rate for surrounding counties also took a dip. Moore County dropped from 5.6 percent in November to 5.3 percent; Hoke from 7.4 percent in November to 7.1 percent; Robeson from 7.8 percent in November to 7.5 percent in December; and Richmond dropped from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent in December.
The December report ranked Scotland with the 97th highest rate out of 100 counties. Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.0 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.9 percent.
Statewide, unemployment rates decreased in 70 of North Carolina’s counties in December, increased in 21, and remained unchanged in nine. Thirteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases while one increased and one remained unchanged. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 7.3 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 4.2 percent. The December statewide rate was 5.3 percent.
The number of workers employed statewide decreased in December by 25,147 to 4,502,869 while those unemployed decreased 10,375 to 249,845.
Since December 2014, the number of workers employed statewide increased 140,526, while those unemployed increased 18,167.
The next unemployment update is scheduled for Monday, March 14, 2016 when the state unemployment rate for January 2016 will be released.