The Knox County unemployment rate remained well above seasonal norms during April.

The Maine Department of Labor released its monthly report May 20, which showed that the Knox County unemployment rate was 7.8 percent.

This is the same rate as in April 2010 but down from the record high of 8.4 percent reached in 2009 and 1991.

From 1992 through 2008, April unemployment rates in Knox County ranged from a low of 2.9 percent to 7.1 percent.

There were 18,410 people working in the county during April while 1,550 were listed as unemployed. There are about 1,100 fewer people working in the county than in April 2007, before the onset of the Great Recession.

The 7.8 percent Knox County rate is slightly less than the 7.9 percent Maine rate and less than the 8.7 percent national unemployment rate.

In Maine, rates ranged from a low of 6 percent in Cumberland County to a high of 12.2 percent in Washington County. Lincoln County’s rate in April was 7.8 percent and in Waldo County the rate was 8.8 percent.