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The state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, remaining unchanged from June’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged from June’s revised rate of 3.7 percent.

North Carolina’s July 2019 unemployment rate increased 0.4 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 17,620 over the month to 4,885,696 and increased 92,864 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 1,295 over the month to 212,072 and increased 22,428 over the year.

Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 10,500 to 4,572,200 in July. The major industries with the largest over-the-month increases were Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 3,100; Other Services, 2,100; Government, 2,000; Professional & Business Services, 2,000; Manufacturing, 1,700; Education & Health Services, 1,600; and Financial Activities, 300. Major industries experiencing decreases were Leisure & Hospitality Services, 1,500; Construction, 700; and Mining & Logging, 100 . Information employment remained unchanged.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates since July 2018

  July 2018 Aug 2018 Sep 2018 Oct 2018 Nov 2018 Dec 2018 Jan 2019 Feb 2019 Mar 2019 Apr 2019 May 2019 June 2019 July 2019
N.C. 3.8 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.8 3.9 4.0 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.2
U.S. 3.9 3.8 3.7 3.8 3.7 3.9 4.0 3.8 3.8 3.6 3.6 3.7 3.7

* Please note: 2018 Numbers Have Been Annually Revised *

Since July 2018, Total Nonfarm jobs increased 75,700 with the Total Private sector increasing by 72,600 and Government increasing by 3,100. The largest over-the-year increase among major industries was Trade, Transportation & Utilities at 25,600, followed by Leisure & Hospitality Services, 12,700; Education & Health Services, 12,200; Professional & Business Services, 10,200; Financial Activities, 8,300; Other Services, 6,200; Government, 3,100; and Information, 500. Major industries experiencing decreases were Manufacturing, 2,500; Mining & Logging, 400; and Construction, 200.

The next unemployment update is scheduled for Wednesday, August 28, 2019 when the county unemployment rates for July 2019 will be released.

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