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

Posted August 21, 2015 10:15 a.m. EDT
Updated August 21, 2015 10:18 a.m. EDT

Unemployment

— 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.