Unemployment rate drops in most Piedmont counties

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The unemployment rate in almost every county of the Piedmont Triad showed signs of a decrease, according to data released by the North Carolina Employment Security Commission on Thursday.

The data showed that Guilford County was among the highest to see a decrease in unemployment. Guilford County has an unemployment rate of 9.9 percent.

The good news: most people are finding sustainable, full-time jobs. It's reported that more than 6,000 people in Guilford County have gone back to work this year.

The countless job applications and few callbacks have all led up to this day for Cameron Swanson, 23. The NC State graduate just got a job as an insurance agent for Lincoln Financial in Greensboro.

"It's tough not to break down in tears right now," Swanson said.

Swanson is considered living proof that the unemployment situation is turning around.

"It makes perfect sense. It's just great for the economy," Swanson said.

Ikel Williams, manager of employment services in High Point, believes people are realizing that jobs in industries like textiles and furniture are not as plentiful as they used to be. Williams said getting retrained in another field could be the key to success.

"It's all across the board. It's every spectrum of the job market," Williams said.

Williams hopes the unemployment rate will continue to drop throughout the year.