MONROE — The unemployment rate in Union County dropped to 2.8% in March of 2022, down from 3.0% the month before, according to a report from the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Of the 100 counties in North Carolina, only three have a better unemployment rate than Union County: Orange (2.4%), Watauga (2.6%) and Chatham (2.6%). Henderson is tied for fourth with Union at 2.8%.

Nine counties in the state are under 3.0%, including Buncombe (2.9), Wake (2.9), Durham (2.9) and Granville (2.9).

The state’s unemployment rate is 3.6%. The worst unemployment rate in North Carolina is Hyde at 8.7%. Also above 7% unemployment’s Edgecombe (8.0) and Scotland (8.0).

The labor force in Union County is at 126,765 with 3,609 unemployed.

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 85 of North Carolina’s counties in March, increased in three, and remained unchanged in 12.

According to the N.C. Department of Commerce, the number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) increased in March by 55,989 to

4,903,187, while those unemployed decreased by 3,303 to 182,334. Since March 2021, the number of workers employed statewide increased 234,982, while those unemployed decreased 77,108.

The next unemployment update is scheduled for Friday, May 20, 2022 when the state unemployment rate for April 2022 will be released.

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