Lincoln County saw a significant drop in its unemployment rate for August, according to the latest figures released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce on Wednesday.
The number dropped more than one percentage point to 8.6 percent, down from 9.8 percent a month earlier. Last year at this time, the jobless number stood at 10.2 percent.
This follows a few months of the rate ticking back up after reaching a low in April of 8.7 percent.
Statewide, 97 other counties experienced similar declines in their unemployment numbers, as did all 14 of the state’s metro areas.
“When compared to the same month last year, not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties,” noted a Commerce Department press release.
The statewide rate for August was 8.3 percent.
Lincoln County, whose workforce was documented as 39,199, now sits at exactly the halfway mark among North Carolina’s 100 counties, ranking in with the 50th-lowest jobless rate.