Stanley Furniture in Graham County will close doors at the end of this month. Stanley Furniture is the largest employer in Graham County and will be laying off 400 workers. In a town with a population of 8600, that’s a large chunk of the work force. The county currently has 513 unemployed. Only 3,569 residents are currently counted as holding jobs.
Joblessness in the county is expected to double. Graham County already has one of the highest numbers of unemployment in the state but it is expected to jump from 10.6% to 22.1% after the lay offs.