March unemployment rate falls in 99 NC counties
Posted May 1, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — The unemployment rate dropped in 99 of North Carolina's 100 counties in March, according to state figures released Wednesday.
The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate was 8.9 percent, down from 9.2 percent in February.
Numbers were also better in the Triangle in March, falling from 7.5 percent in February to 7.1 percent. Wake County's March unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent.
Orange County's 5.6 percent unemployment rate was the lowest in North Carolina.
The number of people employed increased in March by 17,248, climbing to 4,273,673. The number of people unemployed fell 26,855 over the month to 419,546.
When national numbers were released April 19, only 23 states reported a net gain in hiring in March, the fewest since 2011.
Employers cut jobs in 26 states, and New Mexico reported little change. That was much worse than in February, when 42 states reported job gains.
Nationwide, hiring slowed sharply in March. Employers added only 88,000 jobs, down from an average of 220,000 from November through February. The national unemployment rate fell to 7.6 percent, but only because more Americans ended their job searches.