April unemployment numbers show more people at work

  • Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 11:25 a.m.

The state’s seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, decreasing one-tenth of a percentage point from March’s revised rate of 6.3 percent.

The national rate decreased to 6.3 percent from March’s 6.7 percent.

North Carolina’s April 2014 unemployment rate was 2.2 percentage points lower than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 14,104 over the month to 4,387,118, and increased 69,372 over the year.

The number of North Carolinians unemployed decreased 4,193 over the month to 291,280, and declined 102,377 over the year.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 15,300 to 4,113,900 in April. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was professional and business services at 7,600, followed by leisure and hospitality services, 5,600; trade, transportation and utilities, 2,200; manufacturing, 2,000; other services, 1,700; information, 900; and financial activities, 800.

Major industries experiencing decreases were construction, 2,500; government, 1,500; education and health services, 1,400; and mining and logging, 100.

Since April 2013, total nonfarm jobs gained 71,100 with the total private sector growing by 73,700 and government declining by 2,600.

The largest over-the-year increase of major industries was professional and business services at 30,700, followed by trade, transportation and utilities, 18,400; leisure and hospitality services, 6,200; education and health services, 5,700; other services, 3,700; construction, 3,500; information, 2,400; financial activities, 1,800; and manufacturing, 1,500.

Major industries experiencing decreases over the year were government, 2,600; and mining and logging, 200.

The next unemployment update is scheduled for May 28, when the county unemployment rates for April 2014 will be released.

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