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.