Lincoln Countyâ€™s unemployment rate went down for the month of July from a 7.3 in June to a 7.2.
Judi Morton, manager at Lincoln Countyâ€™s Employment Security Commission said this decrease was a pleasant surprise.
â€œI guess there are enough people going to work that it offset the recent layoffs that we have had,â€ Morton said. â€œFortunately we didnâ€™t see the rate go up as a result of Fabritex.â€
Other factors for the unemployment rate going down include the many jobs that are available.
Morton said several of the larger companies are hiring in Lincoln County such as RSI Home Products, Cochrane Furniture, Timken and Blum.
â€œThere were no other layoffs in August,â€ Morton said. â€œSo I donâ€™t expect any big change for next month, in fact it could drop.â€
Surrounding counties such as Gaston and Cleveland County also experienced a decrease.
Gaston County took a jump down from a 7.1 percent in June to a 6.4 percent in July.
Cleveland County went from a 9.6 percent in June to a 8.8 in July.
Catawba County stayed at the same rate of 7.2 percent.
For the month of July, unemployment rates fell in 83 N.C. counties. The rate was unchanged in six and rose in the rest.
For the fifth consecutive month, Vance County had the stateâ€™s highest unemployment rate at 13.1 percent. For the fourth consecutive month, Currituck County had the stateâ€™s lowest unemployment rate at 1.2 percent.
The stateâ€™s unemployment rate fell half a percentage point for the month of July. It went from 5.5 in June to 5 percent in July.
by Amy Wadsworth