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Data released by the N.C. Department of Commerce Tuesday, [July 30], showed that more than half of the state’s 18 westernmost counties saw unemployment rise in June, with eight of those counties’ jobless rates resting in the double-digits.
The department’s figures show 44 of the state’s 100 counties with more than 10 percent unemployment. Those counties included the Western North Carolina counties of Avery, Cherokee, Graham, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford, Swain and Yancey. With a rate of 15.2 percent, Graham County held the highest unemployment rate in the region for the month. ...