N.C. unemployment rate drops again

Posted May 21, 2010 10:19 a.m. EDT
Updated May 21, 2010 4:25 p.m. EDT

— The statewide unemployment rate dropped for a second straight month in April, to 10.8 percent, the Employment Security Commission said Friday.

In March, the jobless rate across North Carolina inched downward from the all-time high of 11.2 percent to 11.1 percent.

The April rate is the lowest the state has seen since unemployment was at 10.7 percent in April 2009.

“There is some good news in the April data,” ESC Chairman Lynn Holmes said in a statement. “North Carolina gained jobs for the second consecutive month. However, we have seen some variation in the sectors experiencing the growth. While overall job growth is up and the unemployment rate is slightly lower, we still face challenges in this tough economy.”

Seasonally adjusted, total non-farm industry employment increased by 7,500 jobs in April, to 3,902,000. Over the past year, however, the state has lost 33,600 non-farm jobs.

The largest gains in April occurred in professional and business services, which added 6,300 jobs, and government, which added 6,000. The largest decreases were in leisure and hospitality and trade, transportation and utilities, which each lost 3,100 jobs.