NC Jobless Rate Remains at 8.8 Percent, Construction Industry Adds 1,800 Jobs


The North Carolina economy, which lost jobs in May, recovered some of those jobs in June while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.8 percent, reports the News & Observer.  The state added 5,700 jobs in June, bringing total nonfarm employment up to 4,048,400, according to a report released by the state Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The state’s jobless rate is now eight-tenths of a percentage point lower than it was a year ago.

The largest job gains were in the professional and business services sector, which added 3,700 jobs. The rebounding construction industry, which experienced declines over the past couple of months, added 1,800 jobs – the second highest out of any sector. Since June 2012, the construction sector has lost 2,800 jobs.

Leisure and hospitality services, which has added the most jobs out of any industry over the past year, lost 300 jobs last month. It has added 25,400 jobs since June 2012.  Other sectors to experience declines were other services (1,600), government (600), education and health services (600), and manufacturing (300).  The national unemployment rate also remained unchanged at 7.6 percent.  Read More.