How about some good news for a Friday morning? North Carolina’s unemployment rate for April edged down three-tenths of a point to 10.8 percent. In March it was 11.1 percent.
It marks the second straight month that the unemployment rate has gone down. In February, it was 11.2 percent.
Lynn Holmes, chairman of the N.C. Employment Security Commission, acknowledged that challenges lie ahead.
“While overall job growth is up and the unemployment rate is slightly lower, we still face challenges in this tough economy,” Holmes said.
Our jobless rate is still higher than it was a year ago. In April 2009, it was 10.7 percent. And the rate remains higher than the national rate at 9.9 percent.