Lancaster County’s unemployment rate held steady at 3.0% in April, the state Department of Labor & Industry said Tuesday.

The county’s rate was third lowest among the rates of the state’s 18 metropolitan areas, trailing only Gettysburg and State College, which posted 2.9% rates.

East Stroudsburg and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton tied for the highest rate at 4.7%.

As usual, Lancaster County’s rate was significantly better than the statewide rate (3.8%) and the nationwide rate (3.6%).

The last time the Lancaster County unemployment rate hovered at 3.0 percent was 18 years ago — a four-month stretch from November 2000 through February 2001.

Lancaster County’s new rate was the result of the county having 8,400 residents without jobs (but actively seeking work) and 274,100 residents with jobs.

The unemployment rate does not include “discouraged” workers, who are defined as unemployed people who have given up trying to find a job. There is no current count of discouraged workers in the county.

Though Lancaster County’s rate was unchanged from March, the local rate was substantially improved from a year earlier, when it stood at 3.4%.

The April 2018 rate resulted from the county having 9,500 residents without work (but actively seeking a job) — 1,100 more than this April.

Driving the year-over-year improvement were an increase of 1,000 jobs in the health care and social assistance sector to a total of 40,200 jobs, and a gain of 700 jobs in the fulfillment/distribution center, utilities and transportation sector, to 14,400 jobs.