Watauga jobless rate increases
by Anna Oakes
Watauga County's unemployment rate grew slightly in June to 8.2 percent, up from 8.1 percent in May, but it was a half a percentage point lower than the June 2012 rate, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce.
Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 81 of North Carolina's counties in June, decreased in 14 and remained the same in five, the department said. Statewide, the jobless rate was 9.3 percent.