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Originally published: 2014-05-20 17:14:47
Last modified: 2014-05-20 17:15:32

NC unemployment at 6.2 percent

by Staff Reports

The state's seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, decreasing one-tenth of a percentage point from March's revised rate of 6.3 percent. The national rate decreased to 6.3 percent from March's 6.7 percent.

North Carolina's April 2014 unemployment rate was 2.2 percentage points lower than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 14,104 over the month to 4,387,118 and increased 69,372 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 4,193 over the month to 291,280 and declined 102,377 over the year.

The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was professional and business services at 7,600, followed by leisure and hospitality services, 5,600; trade, transportation and utilities, 2,200; manufacturing, 2,000; other services, 1,700; information, 900; and financial activities, 800. Major industries experiencing decreases were construction, 2,500; government, 1,500; education and health services, 1,400; and mining and logging, 100.