RALEIGH – North Carolina’s unemployment rate continues its steady decline and has reached a more than four-and-a-half-year low at 8.7 percent.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce announced Friday that the state’s unemployment rate saw a decrease of 0.2 percent from July to August. That followed the nation’s trend which fell from 7.4 to 7.3 percent.
Compared to a year ago, the state’s unemployment rate fell 0.9 percent from 9.6 to 8.7.
Employment increased in the state by more than 3,500 jobs in the month of August. The number of people claiming unemployment fell by more than 8,500.
County-by-county numbers for August are scheduled to be released October 2. In July, Orange County had the state’s third-lowest unemployment rate; Chatham County was second behind Currituck.http://chapelboro.com/news/business/state-unemployment-continues-steady-decline/
RALEIGH – North Carolina’s unemployment rate reached its lowest point in more than four years in March, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
The Labor and Economic Analysis Division announced North Carolina’s smoothed seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.2 to 9.2 percent from February to March this year. That’s in line with the national rate that saw a drop of 0.1 to 7.6 percent.
Orange County numbers remained the best in the state in February. County-by-county numbers are scheduled to be released May 1.