County jobless rate 7.1 percent in April

May. 30, 2013 @ 04:35 PM

Union County had the 12th lowest unemployment rate of North Carolina counties in April.

Locally, 7.1 percent of the Union County workforce was unemployed, according to data from the N.C. Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. Unemployment fell in 97 of the 100 counties.

In neighboring Anson County, unemployment rates were 10.2 percent. In Mecklenburg County, unemployment was 8.5 percent.

The Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill metro area had the third largest reduction in unemployment rates since the same month in 2012, behind the Asheville and Burlington metro areas, with a rate of 8.4 percent.

Orange County had the state’s lowest rate at 5.3 percent. Graham County has the highest unemployment rate at 15.9 percent.

Union County fell in ranking since the March numbers when it had the 10th lowest unemployment at 7.5 percent.

Compared to last year, the county’s workforce has grown from 100,866 in March 2012 to 102,209 in March 2013. There were 94,496 people employed in March 2013, 1,871 more than the year before. The unemployment rate was 8.2 percent last March, compared to 7.5 in March 2013.

Rate estimates are calculated based on data from surveys, administrative data and modeling, and are subject to errors. Sampling errors happen by basing estimates on information samples that do not reflect the makeup of the whole population.

According to the Centralina Workforce Development Board, 62 percent of initial unemployment benefits claimants were male and a quarter of  were between the ages of 35 and 44 years old.