For the second straight month, the state's unemployment rate showed improvement, declining from 11.1 percent in March to 10.8 percent in April.
New figures released from the N.C. Employment Security Commission this morning showed that non-farm employment rose by 7,500 jobs in April. Sectors that showed improvement included professional and business services and government jobs. However, other areas still struggled. The leisure and hospitality business showed a decline of 3,100 jobs, as did trade, transportation and utilities.
Still, ESC Chairman Lynn Holmes heralded the new rate as positive news.
"While overall job growth is up and the unemployment rate is slightly lower, we still face challenges in this tough economy," she said. "We will still be working — as always — with customers across the state in numerous ways to provide benefits and job search help."