State’s jobless rate decreases
The state’s seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate
decreased to 8.9 percent from March’s revised rate of 9.2 percent.
The national rate fell to 7.5 percent from March’s 7.6 percent. North Carolina’s April 2013 unemployment rate was 0.5 of a percentage point lower than a year ago.
The number of people employed decreased 4,188 during the month to 4,303,113, and increased 35,026 during the year.
The number of people unemployed fell 15,259 during the month to 419,287, and the civilian labor force declined by 19,447, to 4,722,400.
Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 6,100 to 4,054,600 in April.
The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was leisure and hospitality services at 6,100, followed by financial activities, 2,000; government, 1,300; professional and business services, 1,300; trade, transportation and utilities, 900; and construction, 500.
Major industries to experience decreases were education and health services, 2,100; other services, 2,000; and manufacturing, 1,900. Information and mining and logging employment remained flat during the month.
The largest over-the-year increase of major industries was in leisure and hospitality services, 23,700, followed by professional and business services, 15,900; trade, transportation and utilities, 14,600; education and health services, 9,900; government, 4,700; financial activities, 4,400; information, 2,400; and manufacturing, 1,900.