Rutherford County jobless rate dipped below 12 percent in April

May. 29, 2013 @ 11:54 AM

For the third straight month Rutherford County's jobless rate dropped.

While the March unemployment rate was the lowest in the last six months, the rate in April dropped even further.

According to a report issued by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the county's jobless rate fell to 11.9 percent, the first time in over a year that the rate fell below 12 percent. In March, the unemployment rate was 12.6 percent.

However, the county still had the eighth-highest unemployment rate in the state behind Graham (15.9), Scotland (15.5), Swain (14.6), Edgecombe (13.5), Halifax (12.4), Mitchell (12.3) and Wilson (12.3) counties.

Since January 2013, when the county peaked at 14.7 percent, the county's jobless rate has dropped 2.8 percent.