Johnston’s March Unemployment Rate Decreases

Unemployment rates decreased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in March. According to the NC Department of Commerce, Johnston County’s jobless rate decreased from 4.9 percent in February to 4.1 percent in March. In March 2020 the jobless rate was at 3.7 percent.

Out of a labor force of 100,281 people in Johnston County, officials said 4,069 were unemployed in March.

Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.9 percent while Orange County had the lowest at 3.2 percent.

The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) increased in March by 41,178 to 4,762,691, while those unemployed decreased by 50,361 to 229,665. Since March 2020, the number of workers employed statewide increased 65,867, while those unemployed increased 35,708.

In March, Wake County had a 3.8 percent unemployment rate, down from 4.6% in February. Wayne County’s rate was at 4.8% (-1.0%), Sampson County 4.3% (-0.9%), Wilson County 6.2% (-1.0%), Nash County 5.8% (-1.2%), and Harnett County 4.9% (-1.1%).