Year over Year unemployment numbers in the Cape Fear region saw decreases according to the April report from the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Brunswick County’s unemployment rate decreased 12.5%, while New Hanover County’s rate decreased by 11.8%. In addition, Bladen County decreased by 5.1, Columbus County decreased by 6.4 and Pender County decreased by 9.2%. The Wilmington area MSA saw the greatest employment percentage increase state-wide at 15.4%, as of April 2021.

North Carolina’s statewide unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) was 4.4 percent in April. This decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from March’s revised rate, and declined 8.8 percentage points over the year. Over the month, the unemployment rate decreased in 91 of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Fifty-five counties had unemployment rates at or below the state’s 4.4 percent rate.

Scotland County recorded April’s highest unemployment rate at 8.5 percent, followed by Edgecombe at 7.4 percent. Orange had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.0 percent, followed by Chatham at 3.1 percent. Unemployment rates decreased in all of the state’s 15 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) over the month. The Rocky Mount MSA had the highest unemployment rate in April at 6.3 percent, followed by Fayetteville at 6.1 percent. The Durham/Chapel Hill MSA reported the month’s lowest unemployment rate at 3.5 percent, followed by the Raleigh MSA at 3.6 percent.

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