The Triangle's jobless rate remains at a four-and-a-half-year low as the region's economy gradually digs its way out of a post-recession hole.
The local unemployment rate dipped from 7.2 percent in March to 7.1 percent in April for the comparatively high-performing economy that includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary.
The data was issued Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Commerce and seasonally adjusted by Wells Fargo economists in Charlotte.
It's the lowest since December 2008, when the rate was 6.8 percent. It's also ahead of the national jobless average of 7.5 percent as well as the state average of 8.9 percent.
The Triangle added 1,000 jobs, mostly in Durham, for a running total of 3,200 jobs created so far this year. April growth included manufacturing, government, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality.
Economists say the Triangle is on track to add between 20,000 and 25,000 jobs this year, which would require creating about 2,000 jobs a month. In 2012 the region added 19,300 jobs.