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County unemployment rate dropped in March

 

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

 

Lincoln County, along with 98 others, saw a decrease in its unemployment rate in March, according to new figures released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce on Wednesday.

From February to March, Lincoln County’s unemployment rate dropped almost a whole percentage point from 10.2 percent to 9.3 percent. This time last year, that rate sat at 9.9 percent.

The new data situates Lincoln County as having the 41st lowest jobless rate among the state’s 100 counties.

The county’s labor force was documented as 39,802. The number of unemployed workers in the county stood at 3,708.

All 14 of the state’s metro areas likewise witnessed a drop in their unemployment numbers from a month earlier, with the overall statewide rate estimated at 8.9 percent.

The number of counties with rates at 10 percent or above decreased from 60 to 44 between February and March.

When compared to the same month last year, not-seasonally-adjusted jobless rates fell in 78 counties, increased in 14 and remained unchanged in eight.

“It is important to note that employment estimates are subject to large seasonal patterns; therefore, it is advisable to focus on over-the-year changes in the not-seasonally-adjusted estimates,” Commerce Department officials cautioned in the release.

 

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