For the month of March, McDowell County reported a jobless rate of 7.3 percent, which is almost the same as the rate from the month before.
The N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division released Tuesday the March 2014 unemployment figures for all 100 counties in the state. McDowell’s rate went from 7.6 percent in February to 7.3 percent in March. The county’s rate for March is .7 of a point higher than the statewide rate of 6.6 percent. It also means 1,444 people in McDowell are considered unemployed, out of a local labor force of 19,715, according to a news release.