RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate was 6.4 percent, unchanged from May’s revised rate of 6.4 percent, the N.C. Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division announced Friday. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 6.1 percent.
North Carolina’s June 2014 unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than a year ago. The number of people employed decreased 8,577 over the month to 4,389,167, and increased 77,054 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 2,142 over the month to 299,313, and declined 89,007 over the year.
Seasonally adjusted total non-farm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, decreased 5,800 to 4,119,500 in June. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was professional and business services at 3,700, followed by financial activities, 3,400; trade, transportation and utilities, 1,000; construction, 600; education and health services, 600; manufacturing, 300; and mining and logging, 100.
Major industries experiencing decreases were government, 13,300; other services, 1,500; information, 500; and leisure and hospitality services, 200.
Since June 2013, total non-farm jobs gained 74,800 with the total private sector growing by 82,300 and government declining by 7,500. The largest over-the-year increase of major industries was professional and business services at 31,900, followed by trade, transportation and utilities, 19,800; leisure and hospitality services, 8,200; education and health services, 7,500; construction, 4,800; financial activities, 4,600; information, 2,500; other services, 2,300; manufacturing, 600; and mining and logging, 100. The only major industry experiencing a decrease over the year was government, 7,500.
The next unemployment update is scheduled for July 30, when the county unemployment rates for June 2014 will be released.