RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from November’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 5.0 percent.
North Carolina’s December 2015 unemployment rate was 0.2 of a percentage point higher than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 17,547 over the month to 4,522,298 and increased 147,029 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 799 over the month to 269,833, and increased 19,806 over the year.
Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 6,900 to 4,289,900 in December. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was Leisure & Hospitality Services at 6,300, followed by Construction, 3,200; Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 1,800; Information, 500; Government, 400; Other Services, 400; Professional & Business Services, 200; and Mining & Logging, 100. Major industries experiencing decreases were Education & Health Services, 2,500; Manufacturing, 2,100; and Financial Activities, 1,400.