North Carolina’s unemployment rate for April is down to 6.2 percent, according to numbers released Friday by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division. That number is down 0.1 percent from March’s rate of 6.3 percent and down 2.2 percent from April of last year.
Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued the following statement in response to the news: “Thanks to the responsible economic policies implemented by Republicans over the past three years — cutting wasteful government spending, lowering taxes and returning sanity back to our state’s regulatory climate — more North Carolinians are going to work today than ever before.”
According to a press release from the N.C. Department of Commerce, the number of people employed in the state increased by 14,104 over the month to 4,387,118, and increased 69,372 over last year. On the other hand, the number of unemployed decreased by 4,193 over the month to 291,280, and declined 102,377 since 2013
The industries with the largest over-the-month growth included: professional and business services at 7,600, leisure and hospitality services, 5,600; trade, transportation and utilities, 2,200; manufacturing, 2,000; other services, 1,700; information, 900; and financial activities, 800. Major industries that experienced decreases in employment were construction, 2,500; government, 1,500; education and health services, 1,400; and mining and logging, 100.
The next unemployment update is scheduled for May 28, when the county unemployment rates for April 2014 will be released.