State News

N.C. jobless rate unchanged for April

Posted May 22, 2009 4:01 a.m. EDT
Updated May 22, 2009 10:14 a.m. EDT

— The state's unemployment rate held steady in April at 10.8 percent, according to statistics released Friday by the North Carolina Employment Security Commission.

Employment made a small gain, while the number of unemployed workers slightly decreased.

“Our state’s unemployment rate has remained pretty steady over the past three months,” said ESC Chairman Moses Carey. “And while a gain in employment is nice to see, this global recession continues to affect many citizens in our state. The ESC will continue to provide services to those needing assistance with job search and the filing of unemployment insurance claims.”

In March, the jobless rate was 10.8 percent, the highest on record since states started the current measuring method in 1976. But that was considered good news of sorts because the rate of increase had slowed.

North Carolina's jobless rate soared from 7 percent in October to 10.7 percent in February.

One economist said last month that he expected the jobless rate to rise to 12 percent by summer and for layoffs to continue into next year.