Unemployment rates rose in 84 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in June, fell in 11 and were unchanged in five. When compared to the same month in 2011, unemployment rates declined in 91 counties, increased in six, and remained the same in three. June of last year, rates are down in nearly all of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Job announcements continue to be made across our state and we remain focused on getting people back to work. Working with employer’s statewide and providing assistance in our employment service offices is critical to finding opportunities for our customers. So the positive outlook here is that people are finding more jobs and staying on the job since last year. North Carolina job market is trying to market jobs better to where people know that there is a job opening and how to apply for it. Best way to look for jobs here in Ashe County is the local news paper, second hand news, and the employment security commission website which is www.ncesc.com. The employment security commission is the best way to find local jobs. Check back with your #1 West Jefferson realtor for more updates.