NC unemployment rate holds steady in August
Posted September 18, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — Private-sector job growth slowed in North Carolina in August, and more people were listed as unemployed, but the state's unemployment rate held steady at 5.9 percent, according to data released Friday by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
After hitting a low of 5.3 percent in January and February, the North Carolina unemployment rate has climbed steadily, hitting 5.9 percent in July and August.
The national unemployment rate has been falling, from 5.8 percent in November 2014 to 5.1 percent in August.
In August, 8,844 fewer people were listed as employed in North Carolina, and the state's labor force shrank by 6,804, from 4,761,155 to 4,754,351. An additional 2,040 people were listed as unemployed.
Several industries, including construction and manufacturing, saw job gains in August. Education and health services and government sectors recorded losses.
Private employers added about 4,300 jobs during the month.