Private-sector employers continue to add jobs; NC's unemployment rate up slightly in July

Posted August 21, 2015

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— Private-sector employers added nearly 13,000 jobs in the month of July, but the state's unemployment rate ticked up for the fifth straight month, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Commerce.

The state's unemployment rate in July was 5.9 percent, up a tenth of a percentage point from June's revised rate. The rate has risen since February, when the rate was 5.3 percent. The national unemployment rate in July was 5.3 percent.

The number of people listed as employed dropped by 11,743 in July to 4,482,155. The labor force also fell in the month by 8,415, from 4,770,538 to 4,762,123.

Several industries, including manufacturing, trade, transportation and utilities, financial services, education and health services, recorded gains during the month.

Only construction and leisure and hospitality services suffered losses.

The state's unemployment rate remains lower than it was a year ago, and the size of the workforce is also larger.


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  • Raleigh Rose Aug 21, 2015
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    I think the worry is more that this is the 5th month in a row that the unemployment rate in NC has gone up. Georgia's rate for July is 6.0 while so has dropped. The 6.3 you quoted is from April , so that means their rate has gone down while ours has gone up. South Carolina's rate also fell from 6.6 in June to 6.4. So their rates are falling and ours is going up.

  • Ryan Kurtz Aug 21, 2015
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    you do understand that 24 other states are either at or above the national average don't you? Also, Comparing GA and SC to us is laughable. SC is at a 6.7% unemployment with 1/2 the population as NC, and GA is at 6.3% with a similar population size to us. We're in much better shape, quit griping.

  • Chris Hall Aug 21, 2015
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    You would think (by listening to them at least) the GOP controlling the Senate, House, and the office of Governor that we would be BELOW the national average for unemployment not ABOVE. But company after company is setting up shop in SC, GA, etc not NC. I am sure this is a democrat’s fault but I cannot figure out how ;)