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NC March employment numbers show improvement

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The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 6.3 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from February’s revised rate of 6.4 percent, the N.C. Department of Commerce said Monday.

The national rate remained at 6.7 percent, the state said.

North Carolina’s March 2014 unemployment rate was 2.2 percentage points lower than a year ago, according to government figures. The number of people employed increased 10,277 over the month to 4,373,265, and increased 56,211 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 2,412 over the month to 294,658, and declined 105,637 over the year.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 19,400 to 4,100,300 in March. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was Professional & Business Services at 7,600, followed by Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 5,500; Education & Health Services, 3,500; Leisure & Hospitality Services, 2,800; Manufacturing, 900; Construction, 300; and Other Services, 200. Major industries to experience decreases were Information, 600; Government, 500; and Financial Activities, 300. Mining & Logging employment remained flat over the month.

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