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Raleigh, N.C. —  The state’s seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 4.0 percent, remaining unchanged from March’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.6 percent.

North Carolina’s April 2019 unemployment rate remained unchanged from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 11,371 over the month to 4,837,740 and increased 56,539 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 2,511 over the month to 202,412 and increased 694 over the year.                                                                                           

Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 13,200 to 4,555,200 in April. The major industries with the largest over-the-month increases were Professional & Business Services at 4,500, followed by Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 3,500; Education & Health Services, 3,300; Manufacturing, 1,400; Leisure & Hospitality Services, 1,100; Government, 500; Information, 300; and Mining & Logging, 100.  Major industries experiencing decreases were Construction, 700; Financial Activities, 500; and Other Services, 300.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates since April 2018

  Apr 2018 May 2018 June 2018 July 2018 Aug 2018 Sep 2018 Oct 2018 Nov 2018 Dec 2018 Jan 2019 Feb 2019 Mar 2019 Apr 2019
N.C. 4.0 4.0 3.9 3.8 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.8 3.9 4.0 4.0
U.S. 3.9 3.8 4.0 3.9 3.8 3.7 3.8 3.7 3.9 4.0 3.8 3.8 3.6

* Please note: 2018 Numbers Have Been Annually Revised *

Since April 2018, Total Nonfarm jobs gained 69,800 with the Total Private sector growing by 70,900 and Government decreasing by 1,100. The largest over-the-year increase among major industries was Leisure & Hospitality Services, 18,700, followed by Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 16,400; Professional & Business Services, 14,900; Education & Health Services, 12,000; Financial Activities, 3,300; Construction, 2,700; Manufacturing, 2,000; Other Services, 1,000; and Information, 100. Major industries experiencing decreases were Government, 1,100; and Mining & Logging, 200.

The next unemployment update is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29, 2019 when the county unemployment rates for April 2019 will be released

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