Unemployment in the Charlotte metro area dipped to 10.3 percent in April from 10.4 percent in March, keeping it above the state’s rate of 9.5 percent, the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina said today.
Mecklenburg County’s rate was 9.8 percent, down from 10 percent in March. The county had 44,924 people out of work in April.
From March to April, unemployment rates decreased in 73 of the state’s 100 counties, increased in 10 and remained the same in 17.
In April, the Charlotte area, which includes Gastonia in North Carolina and Rock Hill in South Carolina, had 87,763 people unemployed.
From March to April, the Charlotte-area industry with the largest percentage decrease in jobs was information, which fell by 100, or 0.5 percent. The biggest percentage increase in jobs took place in the “other services” category, which rose by 1,100, or 3.8 percent.