Business

State unemployment rate climbs for second straight month

Posted September 19, 2014 10:16 a.m. EDT

Unemployment

— North Carolina's unemployment rate climbed to 6.8 percent in August, the second consecutive month it has increased, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Commerce.

North Carolina's unemployment rate continues to run slightly higher than the national average, which was 6.1 percent in August.

Employers in the state added better than 12,000 people to their rolls during August, according to the state, but the number of people listed as unemployed climbed by 10,404 from July to August. In total, 314,962 people are listed as unemployed.

The state's labor force – the number of people employed plus those actively looking for work – shrank by 18,262 in August to 4,655,835.

The industry with the biggest gain in the number of jobs from July to August was government, with employers reporting gains of 8,500 jobs. Construction and leisure and hospitality employers recorded job losses during the month.