SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - The unemployment rate in Rowan and Cabarrus, as well as other neighboring counties, is continuing to drop, according to the latest figures released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
In Rowan County the unemployment rate was 4 percent, compared to 4.2 percent in June and 4.8 percent in July 2017.
"The good news is our unemployment rate is now lower than the state average and, along with Davidson County, has seen the largest 1-year drop in our region. But our rate is still a tick higher than our surrounding counties and that's not acceptable. There is still much work to be done," said Rowan County Commission Chairman Greg Edds.
Cabarrus County had an unemployment rate of 3.7 rate in July, decreasing by 0.1 percent from June and from 4.4 percent in July of last year.
The statewide unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in July. In June, it was 4.2 percent; a year ago, it was 4.8 percent.
In Davidson County the rate was 3.8 percent, compared to 3.9 percent in June and 4.6 percent a year ago.
Davie County had a jobless rate of 3.6 percent, down 0.1 percent from June and 0.6 percent from July last year.
Iredell County stood at 3.7 percent, a decrease from 3.9 percent in June and 4.4 percent in July 2017.
Stanly County had an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, which matched the June rate and was a decrease of 0.7 percent from July 2017.