From the North Carolina Department of Commerce:
North Carolina’s December Employment Figures Released
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate was 6.9 percent, decreasing 0.5 of a percentage point from November’s revised rate of 7.4 percent. The national rate decreased to 6.7 percent from November’s 7.0 percent.
North Carolina’s December 2013 unemployment rate was 2.5 percentage points lower than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 19,217 over the month to 4,333,615, and increased 13,414 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 21,097 over the month to 322,689, and declined 124,344 over the year.
Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 11,100 to 4,096,800 in December. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was Trade, Transportation & Utilities at 4,500, followed by Other Services, 2,100; Financial Activities, 1,900; Education & Health Services, 1,500; Manufacturing, 700; Government, 500; Information, 300; Leisure & Hospitality Services, 200; and Mining & Logging, 100. Major industries to experience decreases were Construction, 500; and Professional & Business Services, 200.
Since December 2012, Total Nonfarm jobs gained 64,500 with the Total Private sector growing by 64,900 and Government declining by 400. The largest over-the-year increase of major industries was in Professional & Business Services at 22,200, followed by Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 18,800; Leisure & Hospitality Services, 8,800; Education & Health Services, 8,000; Information, 5,300; Financial Activities, 2,700; Other Services, 1,500; and Manufacturing, 1,300. Major industries to experience decreases over the year were Construction, 3,700; and Government, 400. Mining & Logging employment remained flat over the year.
The next unemployment update is scheduled for Wednesday, February 5, 2014 when the county unemployment rates for December 2013 will be released.
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