Unemployment rate stays steady

Unemployment rate stays steady

RANDOLPH COUNTY — The unemployment rate in Randolph County fell to 3.5 percent in April, down from 4.1 percent in March, according to information released by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

The rate decreased 0.4 percent from a year ago. Unemployment rates statewide decreased in all 100 counties in March, according to the report. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases over the year.

The unemployment rate measures the percentage of employable people in the workforce who are over the age of 16 and who have either lost their jobs or have unsuccessfully sought jobs in the last month and are still actively seeking work.

In the surrounding area, Davidson County’s rate decreased to 3.5 from 4.0 percent in March. Rates in other surrounding counties were 3.9 percent in Guilford; 3.6 percent in Forsyth; 3.7 percent in Rowan; and 3.7 percent in Montgomery.

The April rate ranks as the 30th lowest in the state, leaving Randolph County – which is part of the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area – among one of the state’s best-employed Tier 2 counties. The number of unemployed in Randolph County is 2,496 people. Randolph’s labor force now stands at 67,704.

North Carolina’s statewide, non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in April, which was down from March, when it was 4.3 percent. It was a decrease of four-tenths of a percent over the year. The national unemployment rate in March remained at 3.9 percent, down two-tenths from March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at dkennedy@atnonline.net.