N.C. unemployment rises in February, but hiring has increased over the year

North Carolina
North Carolina Unemployment Rate

North Carolina’s unemployment rate rose slightly in February 2019, but more than 57,000 residents have filled new jobs in the last year.

According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the state’s seasonally adjusted February 2019 unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from January 2019’s revised rate.

Statewide unemployment in February 2019 decreased .03 of a percentage point from February 2018.

Overall, the number of people employed statewide increased 8,831 over the month, and increased 57,152 over the year, to a total of 4,817,920 people employed.

The overall number of people unemployed increased 3,712 over the month, and decreased 12,502 over the year, for a total of 194,753 people unemployed.

The national unemployment rate decreased to 3.8 percent, as of February 2019.

In North Carolina, seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment increased 3,800 in February 2019, to a total of 4,536,000 people employed.

These industries had the largest employment increases statewide in February 2019:

Leisure & Hospitality Services: 3,000 jobs gained

Professional & Business Services: 1,300 jobs gained

Trade, Transportation & Utilities: 1,000 jobs gained

Manufacturing, 900 jobs gained

Other Services: 900 jobs gained

Financial Activities: 300 jobs gained

Government: 200 jobs gained

The following industries showed the largest decreases in employment statewide in February 2019:

Education & Health Services: 2,100 jobs lost

Construction: 1,600 jobs lost

Infor.mation: 100 jobs lost

Mining & Logging: Employment remained unchanged

Statewide since February 2018, total nonfarm jobs increased by 64,800, with the total private sector growing by 66,200 jobs and government sector decreasing by 1,400 jobs.

The following industries saw the largest over-the-year increase in employment statewide:

Leisure & Hospitality Services: 19,700 jobs gained

Professional & Business Services: 13,200 jobs gained

Trade, Transportation & Utilities: 11,800 jobs gained

Education & Health Services: 7,300 jobs gained

Construction: 6,000 jobs gained

Financial Activities: 5,100 jobs gained

Manufacturing: 3,300 jobs gained

Other Services: 1,000 jobs gained

The following industries saw the largest year-over-year decrease in employment statewide:

Government: 1,400

Information: 1,000

Mining & Logging: 200.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce says it will release county unemployment rates for February 2019 on Wednesday, April 3.

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