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UnemploymentRALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, decreasing 0.3 of a percentage point from April’s revised rate.  The national rate declined 0.3 of a percentage point to 4.7 percent.

North Carolina’s May 2016 unemployment rate was 0.7 of a percentage point lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 6,870 over the month to 4,618,342 and increased 142,023 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 13,589 over the month to 250,544, and decreased 25,278 over the year.    

Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, decreased 1,600 to 4,307,700 in May. The major industries with the largest over- the-month increases were Manufacturing at 2,700, followed by Education & Health Services, 2,600; Government, 2,200; Other Services, 800; Information, 400; Mining & Logging, 200; and Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 100.  Major industries experiencing decreases were Professional & Business Services, 3,500; Construction, 2,700; Financial Activities, 2,500; and Leisure & Hospitality Services, 1,900.