The Wilmington area’s unemployment rate dropped in April, according to state figures released Wednesday.
The Wilmington area, which includes New Hanover and Pender counties, saw an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent in April, compared to 4.4 percent in March and 4.4 percent a year earlier, the state Commerce Department reported.
Across the state, the rates, which are not seasonally adjusted, decreased in 97 counties between March and April, rising only in three others.
New Hanover County had the lowest jobless rate in April for the region at 3.8 percent, compared to 4.3 percent a year earlier.
April’s jobless rate in Brunswick County was 5 percent, compared to 5.7 percent in April 2016.
And Pender County’s rate was 4.2 percent, also down from 4.9 percent a year before.
The state’s unemployment rate for April stood at 4.3 percent – half a percentage point under March’s figure and also lower than 4.7 percent in April 2016, the N.C. Commerce Department reported.
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