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NC jobless rate inches down in September

Posted October 20, 2015 10:48 a.m. EDT
Updated October 20, 2015 11:52 a.m. EDT

— North Carolina's unemployment rate fell by a hair in September to 5.8 percent.

The state Commerce Department said Tuesday that last month's jobless rate was down from 5.9 percent a month earlier and was the same level as one year ago.

The number of people employed increased by almost 3,700 between August and September, to nearly 4.48 million. That's an increase of 118,500 jobs over the year.

The number of people unemployed decreased 4,664 over the month, to 276,072, but was up 7,090 from September 2014.

The leisure and hospitality services sector saw the largest increase in jobs during September, followed by financial activities, education and health services and professional and business services. Construction saw the most job losses during the month, followed by government, manufacturing and trade, transportation and utilities.

North Carolina continues to lag behind the national average unemployment rate. In September, that figure was 5.1 percent.