State unemployment rate down to 6.7 percent for January

Abby Cavenaugh

March 17, 2014

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s 6.7 percent unemployment rate for January was down 0.2 of a percentage point from December’s rate, according to a report released Monday morning by the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

This continues a downward trend in unemployment numbers. The national rate also decreased slightly from 6.7 percent in December to 6.6 percent in January.

The state’s rate was down 2.1 percent from January 2013. That means the number of people employed in North Carolina increased by 17,407 to 4,356,090 for January.

The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase in the number of people employed was construction, at 6,400, followed by other services, 1,900; education and health services, 1,700; and information, 400. Major industries to experience decreases in employment were leisure and hospitality services, 5,600; trade, transportation and utilities, 5,300; government, 3,500; and professional and business services, 3,200. Mining and logging, manufacturing, and financial activities employment remained flat over the month.

The next unemployment update is scheduled for Friday, when the county unemployment rates for January 2014 will be released.