Scotland jobless rate dips

By: Staff report

LAURINBURG — Scotland County saw its unemployment rate dip slightly for the month of April, according to figures released by the state Department of Commerce.

The county’s unemployment rate for April was 7.2 percent, down from 7.7 in March. The April 2017 rate was also 7.2 percent.

Unemployment rates decreased in all 100 North Carolina counties in April.

Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.9 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 2.8 percent.

The April statewide rate was 3.7 percent.

For surrounding counties, the unemployment rate for April in Robeson was 5.6 percent; Richmond 5.3 percent; Hoke, 4.6 percent; and Moore, 3.6 percent.

When compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates decreased in 95 counties, increased in three, and remained unchanged in two. All 15 metro areas had rate decreases over the year.

The number of workers employed statewide increased in April by 20,026 to 4,799,821, while those unemployed decreased by 29,941 to 185,478. Since April 2017, the number of workers employed statewide has increased 78,248, while those unemployed decreased 17,614.

Officials say it is important to note that employment estimates are subject to large seasonal patterns. They say it is better to focus on year-to-year changes.

The next unemployment update is scheduled for June 15 when the state unemployment rate for May will be released.

Staff report