RALEIGH, N.C.

The state’s seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from March’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.9 percent.

North Carolina’s April 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 6,958 over the month to 4,762,284 and increased 64,768 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 2,958 over the month to 219,559 and decreased 5,169 over the year.   

Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 9,100 to 4,482,100 in April.  The major industries with the largest over-the-month increases were Manufacturing at 2,900, followed by Professional & Business Services, 2,800; Construction, 1,200; Government, 1,100; Education & Health Services, 1,000; Information, 600; and Financial Activities, 500.  Major industries experiencing decreases were Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 600; and Leisure & Hospitality Services, 400. Mining & Logging and Other Services employment remained unchanged over the month.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates since April 2017

  Apr2017 May2017 June2017 July2017 Aug2017 Sep2017 Oct2017 Nov2017 Dec2017 Jan2018 Feb2018 Mar2018 Mar2018
N.C. 4.6 4.5 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.4
U.S. 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.4 4.2 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.1 3.9

* Please note: 2017 Numbers Have Been Annually Revised *

Since April 2017, Total Nonfarm jobs gained 84,100 with the Total Private sector growing by 77,200 and Government increasing by 6,900. The largest over-the-year increase among major industries was Professional & Business Services at 20,000, followed by Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 14,000; Leisure & Hospitality Services, 9,100; Education & Health Services, 8,400; Construction, 8,200; Financial Activities, 7,100; Government, 6,900; Manufacturing, 6,000; Information, 3,900; Other Services, 300; and Mining & Logging, 200.

The next unemployment update is scheduled for Wednesday, May 30, 2018 when the county unemployment rates for April 2018 will be released.

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