There is some good news on the employment front as April unemployment rates dropped in 83 counties across North Carolina. Every county in our area either saw a decrease in unemployment or remained unchanged. In the Wilmington metro area, which includes Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties, the unemployment rate is now 9.5 percent, one percentage point lower than the state average of 10.5 percent. “It’s a sign that were getting better. Are we through the worst of it? I really don't know. But we'll see the next six months is really going to tell us where we're at,” said Walker Biggs of the NHC Employment Security Commission. The leisure and hospitality industry led the way in our area with 700 new jobs. Biggs said we could see a rise in unemployment in May’s report because many college graduates will be looking for jobs.
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