Polk and Spartanburg counties see decreased unemployment rates

Published 4:58 pm Friday, August 30, 2013

Polk and Spartanburg Counties both saw drops in their unemployment rates again this month.

Polk County’s unemployment rate for the month of July dropped to 6.5 percent from its 6.6 percent rate in June.

Polk County’s drop reflects that 611 individuals from the estimated 9,430-member work force are without a job. Neighboring Henderson County has a 6.4 percent unemployment rate, while Rutherford sits at 12.3 percent unemployment.

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Scotland County, N.C. had the highest rate in July at 16 percent. The lowest rate statewide was Currituck County at 5.3 percent unemployment. North Carolina’s statewide rate was 9.1 percent.

Spartanburg County also dropped from 8.7 percent in June to 8.4 percent in July, a 0.3 percent decrease. Spartanburg County’s rate was 9.9 percent in July 2012. South Carolina’s overall rate for July 2013 was 8.1 percent.