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Originally published: 2013-05-17 13:38:38
Last modified: 2013-05-17 13:39:09

NC unemployment down to 8.9 percent

The state's seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate decreased to 8.9 percent from March's revised rate of 9.2 percent. The national rate fell to 7.5 percent from March's 7.6 percent.

North Carolina's April 2013 unemployment rate was 0.5 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed decreased 4,188 over the month to 4,303,113, and increased 35,026 over the year. The number of people unemployed fell 15,259 over the month to 419,287, and the civilian labor force declined by 19,447, to 4,722,400.

Seasonally adjusted total non-farm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 6,100 to 4,054,600 in April. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was leisure and hospitality services at 6,100, followed by financial activities, 2,000; government, 1,300; professional & business services, 1,300; trade, transportation and utilities, 900; and construction, 500.

Major industries to experience decreases were education and health services, 2,100; other services, 2,000; and manufacturing, 1,900. Information and mining & logging employment remained flat over the month.

The largest over-the-year increase of major industries was in leisure & hospitality services, 23,700, followed by professional & business services, 15,900; trade, transportation & utilities, 14,600; education & health services, 9,900; government, 4,700; financial activities, 4,400; information, 2,400; and manufacturing, 1,900.