North Carolina’s unemployment increases slightly in July

August 19, 2013

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 8.9 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from June’s revised rate. The national rate declined to 7.4 percent from June’s 7.6 percent.

North Carolina’s July 2013 unemployment rate was 0.7 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed decreased 13,735 over the month to 4,278,516, and increased 14,902 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 1,527 over the month to 417,841, and declined 36,644 over the year.

Seasonally adjusted total non-farm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 8,200 to 4,053,600 in July. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was trade, transportation and utilities at 5,200, followed by leisure and hospitality services, 2,700; financial activities, 2,400; professional and business services, 1,700; manufacturing, 1,200; other services, 700; information, 200; and construction, 100. Major industries to experience decreases were government, 5,300; and education and health services, 700. Mining and logging employment remained flat over the month.

Since July 2012, total non-farm jobs gained 69,200 with the total private sector growing by 73,100 and government declining by 3,900. The largest over-the-year increase of major industries was in leisure and hospitality services, 21,500, followed by professional and business services, 17,800; trade, transportation and utilities, 16,300; education and health services, 6,200; financial activities, 6,200; information, 3,300; manufacturing, 2,800; and other services, 1,000. Major industries to experience decreases over the year were government, 3,900; construction, 1,900; and mining and logging, 100.

The next unemployment update is scheduled for Aug. 28, when the county unemployment rates for July 2013 will be released.