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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from February’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 4.5 percent.

North Carolina’s March 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 15,331 over the month to 4,706,795 and increased 111,111 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 8,149 over the month to 244,060 and decreased 4,697 over the year.

Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 500 to 4,387,600 in March.  The major industries with the largest over- the-month increases were Government at 4,900, followed by Manufacturing, 2,600; Professional & Business Services, 900; Financial Activities, 500; and Education & Health Services, 300. Major industries experiencing decreases were Construction, 3,700; Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 3,000;   Information, 1,600; Other Services, 300; and Leisure & Hospitality Services, 100.  Mining & Logging employment remained unchanged over the month.