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Unemployment falls in Ashe in March

Originally published: May. 9, 2013
Last modified: May. 9, 2013

Adam Orr

The Ashe County unemployment rate declined by nearly a full percentage point in March falling to 12.1 percent, according to data released May 1 by the North Carolina Department of Employment Security.

Rates decreased in 99 of the state’s 100 counties and remained the same in just one. All 14 of the state’s metro areas showed improvement.

Ashe was one of just 14 counties statewide with higher unemployment compared to March 2012, as not-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates fell in 78 counties and remained unchanged in eight. Twelve metro areas also experienced rate decreases, with one increasing and one remaining unchanged.

Of Ashe County’s neighbors, Alleghany County’s unemployment fell to 11 percent from 11.9 percent in February, Avery County fell to 12.3 percent from 12.6 percent, Watauga County declined to 8.6 percent from 8.9 percent, and Wilkes County improved to 10.4 percent from 11 percent in February.

Alleghany, Watauga and Wilkes counties all experienced declining unemployment rates over the year.  
Graham County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 17.8 percent while Orange County had the lowest at 5.6 percent.

The number of workers employed statewide increased in March by more than 17,000 to 4.2 million. At the same time, the number of unemployed fell by nearly 27,000 to 419,546. Since March 2012, the number of workers employed statewide increased by more than 32,000, while those unemployed decreased by more than 22,000.

The statewide unemployment rate release for April 2013 is scheduled for Friday, May 17, 2013.
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