- Written by Steve Frank
Unemployment rates decreased in 81 of North Carolinas counties in June, including all three counties of the High Country, while rates increased in 10 counties, and remained unchanged in nine. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.1 percent while Currituck County had the lowest at 4.2 percent. The Avery County rate declined the most from May to June of any High Country county, dropping .6% to 6.7%, while Wataugas dropped .4% to 5.8%--the first time under 6% in quite some time. The Ashe unemployment rate dropped .1% to 7.4%, still highest in the High Country. Leisure and Hospitality jobs grew by 5400 in the state between May and June, not unexpected in the start of the summer vacation season. The June not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 6.5 percent.