Unemployment drops across state in March


The Durham and Chapel Hill area saw rates fall from 7.8 percent to 7.4 percent last month. Orange County had the state's lowest unemployment rate in March at 6.0 percent.

Raleigh and Cary also saw unemployment numbers drop. Rates fell from 8.1 percent in February to 7.8 percent in March.

Fayetteville numbers are below 10 percent, falling to 9.6 percent.

North Carolina had 35 counties that were at or below the state's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 9.6 percent. Unemployment rates decreased in all 14 Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

The number of workers employed increased in March by 14,122 to 4,197,446. Those unemployed decreased 26,890 to 444,977.

"Over-the-year numbers show a positive downward trend as we continue to focus on supporting employees by growing jobs in North Carolina," said N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll. "We offer job search assistance, resume writing and many other programs at our employment service offices statewide for citizens in the job market."

Since March 2011, the number unemployed decreased 34,823 and the number employed increased 44,443.

Graham County had the highest unemployment rate in the state at 18.5 percent.  

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