"For the second consecutive month, a large number of North Carolina's counties have had a decrease in their unemployment rate," said ESC Chairman Moses Carey Jr. "However, virtually every county in the state continues to work through this difficult and challenging national recession."
Orange County had the state's lowest unemployment rate in April, at 5.8 percent. Scotland County had the highest with 17.3 percent.
In metropolitan areas, the Raleigh/Cary area came in at 8.3 percent - down from 8.7. Over in Durham/Chapel Hill, the rate was 7.3 percent - down from 7.6. Further south in Fayetteville, the rate was 8.4 percent - down from 9.1.