State unemployment rates trending in positive direction


Nearly statewide, unemployment rates in North Carolina dropped in March 2017 compared to the same time in 2016, in the latest figures released Wednesday by the state Department of Commerce.

All but three counties saw a year-over-year unemployment rate decrease, and all 15 metro areas fell into that category.

For Eastern North Carolina, the news wasn't all rosy, as Hyde County is now the only county in the entire state with an unemployment rate above 10 percent. Hyde's checked in at 12.3 percent for the month of March, a number that is at least down from 15.6 percent a month earlier.

Hyde is one of North Carolina's least populated counties, with a workforce of barely more than 2,000 individuals.

Washington and Tyrrell counties, which have similar workforce makeups to Hyde, remain in the top 10 in unemployment rates for North Carolina counties, though both saw a decrease from March 2016 rates.

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