State unemployment rate dips in April
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate decreased to 8.9 percent from March’s revised rate of 9.2 percent.
The national unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent from March’s 7.6 percent.
North Carolina’s April unemployment rate was half of a percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed decreased 4,188 over the month to 4,303,113 and increased 35,026 over the year.
The number of people unemployed fell 15,259 over the month to 419,287 and declined 21,843 over the year.
Seasonally adjusted non-farm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 6,100 to 4,054,600 in April. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was leisure and hospitality services at 6,100, followed by financial activities, 2,000; government, 1,300; professional and business services, 1,300; trade, transportation and utilities, 900; and construction, 500.
Major industries to experience decreases were education and health services, 2,100; other services, 2,000; and manufacturing, 1,900. Information and mining and logging employment remained flat over the month.
Since April 2012, non-farm jobs gained 73,300 with the private sector growing by 68,600 and government by 4,700.
The next unemployment update is scheduled for May 29, when the county unemployment rates for April will be released.