Unemployment numbers decrease

According to the most recent information released by the N.C. Department of Commerce, unemployment rates statewide decreased in 91 of the state’s 100 counties.

DAVIDSON COUNTY — The unemployment rate in Davidson County stood at 4.2% in April, down from 4.4% in March, according to information released by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

The rate decreased 9.7% from a year ago, when the nation was close to the height of the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Unemployment rates statewide decreased in 91 of the state’s 100 counties in April, according to the report. All of the state’s 15 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, Randolph County’s rate also fell to 4.2% in April, down from 4.5% in March. Rates in other surrounding counties were 5.1% in Guilford; 4.4% in Forsyth; 5.7% in Rowan; and 4.0% in Montgomery.

The April rate ranks as the 44th lowest in the state, leaving Davidson County — which is part of the Winston-Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area — among mid level Tier 2 counties. The number of unemployed in Davidson County stands at 3,344 people. Davidson’s labor force now stands at 79,543.

In the days immediately preceding April, Gov. Roy Cooper announced the most impactful relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions since the state’s phased reopening in response to the COVID-19 pandemic began. The emergency order allowed for up to 100% capacity for retailers, salons and museums as long as mask and social distancing mandates are maintained.

Word of relaxed restrictions came as a relief to many businesses that have been hampered by limitations to the number of people who could enter their buildings.

North Carolina’s statewide, non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.4% in April, which is down from 4.6% in March. It was a decrease of 8.8% over the year. The national unemployment rate in April remained at 6.1%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.