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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from June’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.3 percent.

North Carolina’s July 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.8 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed decreased 989 over the month to 4,699,771 and increased 76,538 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 7,005 over the month to 200,752 and decreased 39,162 over the year.

Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 8,800 to 4,414,400 in July.  The major industries with the largest over- the-month increases were Trade, Transportation & Utilities at 3,300, followed by Education & Health Services, 2,700; Leisure & Hospitality Services, 2,500; Government, 1,900; Professional & Business Services, 1,400; Financial Activities, 900; and Information, 300.  Major industries experiencing decreases were Construction, 2,400; Other Services, 1,300; and Manufacturing, 500.  Mining & Logging industry employment remained unchanged.