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UnemploymentRALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from March’s revised rate. The national rate declined 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.4 percent.

North Carolina’s April 2015 unemployment rate was 0.9 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 25,712 over the month to 4,481,112, and increased 143,339 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 7,457 over the month to 260,760, and declined 34,427 over the year.

Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 11,100 to 4,231,500 in April. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was Government at 3,900, followed by Leisure & Hospitality Services, 3,100; Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 3,100; Construction, 1,900; Financial Activities, 1,400; Education & Health Services, 900; and Other Services, 700.

Major industries experiencing decreases were Manufacturing, 1,600; Professional & Business Services, 1,600; Information, 600; and Mining & Logging, 100.

Since April 2014, Total Nonfarm jobs gained 106,600 with the Total Private sector growing by 108,200 and Government decreasing by 1,600. The largest over-the-year increase among major industries was Professional & Business Services at 23,000, followed by Leisure & Hospitality Services, 19,200; Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 18,700; Construction, 13,900; Education & Health Services, 11,900; Manufacturing, 10,700; Financial Activities, 4,700; Other Services, 4,400; and Information, 2,000. Major industries experiencing decreases over the year were Government, 1,600; and Mining & Logging, 300.



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