Ashe County’s jobless rate fell to 12.1 percent in March, according to the latest figures from the N.C. Division of Employment Security.
The March rate was down 0.9 percent over February, and 1.2 percent since March, 2012. The county has now registered double-digit unemployment for 51 consecutive months.
Of the county’s labor force of 11,697 in March, 1,415 workers were unemployed. Ashe ranks 83rd among the counties for employment.