|Unemployment Rate Falls in Every High Country County|
|Written by Adam Hicks|
|Friday, 24 April 2009 08:25|
The unemployment rate fell in 84 counties across the state last month, including every county in the High Country.
According to the latest county-by-county numbers released by the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, Alleghany County’s unemployment rate fell 1.2 points to 14.1 percent, Ashe County’s fell 1.4 points to 13.3 percent, Avery’s unemployment rate fell 0.8 points to 9.9 percent, Mitchell County’s fell 1.8 points to 13.8 percent, Watauga County’s fell 0.7 points to 7.9 percent, and Yancy’s unemployment rate fell 1.4 points to 13.1 percent.
Nearby counties had mixed results for the month of March. Burk County’s unemployment rate fell 0.3 points to 15.6 percent, Caldwell’s fell 1.1 points to 15.3 percent, and Iredell County’s unemployment rate also decreased 0.2 points to 12.7 percent. Catawba County’s rate increased 0.6 points to 15.6 percent and Wilkes increased 0.7 points to 13.9 percent.
Watauga County continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state as the county is tied with Chatham and Gates counties for the state’s third lowest unemployment rate.
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