NC's unemployment rate holds steady at 5.4 percent in January

Posted March 17, 2015

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— The number of people listed as unemployed in North Carolina dropped by 1,161 in the first month of 2015, but the state's unemployment rate held steady at 5.4 percent during January, according to data released Tuesday by the state Department of Commerce.

North Carolina's jobless rate remains slightly lower than the national average, which was 5.7 percent in January.

The state's labor force – the number of people employed plus those actively looking for work – increased by 21,497 in January, to 4,646,793. The number of people listed as unemployed fell by 1,161, from 250,027 in December to 248,866 in January.

Employers in construction, manufacturing and leisure and hospitality services recorded major job gains in the month, but trade, transportation and utilities, information and government sectors recorded losses, according to seasonally-adjusted data released Tuesday.

The state unemployment rate is down 1.2 percentage points since January 2014.

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  • Tom Boswell Mar 17, 2015
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    When McCrory took office we had an unemployment rate of 9.5% which ranked the country's 47th highest. In two years we are now ranked 24th with a rate of 5.4%. This decrease of 4.1% by far represents the largest decrease in the country. Since McCrory took office the U6 unemployment rate which the N&O stated is the most realistic has dropped by 4.1% which is the 3rd largest decrease in the country. When he took office we ranked 44th and today we are 32nd in the U6 rate. According to the Gallup job creation index we were ranked 43rd in 2013 based on the Democrats 2012 policies. In one year under Republican control we are now ranked 31st.