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NC unemployment rate dips to 9.7 percent

The addition of nearly 14,000 nonfarm jobs helps pus the state's jobless rate down for first time in five months.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s unemployment rate fell slightly in March, to 9.7 percent, due in part to the addition of 13,900 non-farm jobs, the state Employment Security Commission reported Tuesday.

The state’s jobless rate a year ago was 11.3 percent.

The decline was the first for North Carolina since the rate slipped to 9.8 percent last November from 9.9 percent in October and 10 percent in September.

The national unemployment rate last month was 8.8 percent,

Non-farm jobs have increased for three straight months, the ESC noted.

The number of people working increased overall by 13,402 to just over 4.04 million. The number of people not working fell by 1,949 to 434,996.

Most jobs were added in business services with more than 6,000.

County-by-county and metropolitan area statistics will be released on April 27.

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