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Wilmington area unemployment down slightly


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The unemployment rate in the Wilmington area dropped slightly last month. The rate was 9.5 percent in April, which kept pace with the state rate. Both were down two-tenths of a point from March.

The region's improvement was fueled by Brunswick County, where the rate dropped six-tenths of a point from March to 10.3 percent. Bladen (11.4), Columbus (12.0) and New Hanover (9.0) all held steady from March to April, while Pender County saw a slight increase of one-tenth of a point to 10.3 percent.

Overall unemployment rates decreased in 73 of North Carolina's 100 counties in April. Rates increased
in 10 counties and remained the same in 17.

"Rates continue to decline across North Carolina as nearly half of North Carolina's 100 counties are back below 10 percent," ESC Chair Lynn R. Holmes said. "Growing jobs and getting people back to work continues to be a collaborative effort of Gov. Perdue and our economic and workforce development partners. Our offices remain committed to serving those needing assistance in finding work or filing for benefits."

North Carolina had 36 counties that were at or below the state's unadjusted unemployment rate of 9.5 percent. Rates decreased in 10 of the state’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas and remained the same in four.

The number of workers employed (not-seasonally adjusted) increased in April by 6,751 to 4,046,255. The number
of people unemployed decreased by 10,036. The number of unemployed people in April was 424,502 workers,
compared with 434,538 in March.

Currituck County had the state's lowest unemployment rate in April, at 5.6 percent. Meanwhile, Scotland County
had the highest unemployment rate, at 15.8 percent.

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