RALEIGH — The state’s unemployment rate for March was down 0.1 percent to 6.3 percent, according to numbers released Monday morning by the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The national rate remained 6.7 percent.
When compared to one year ago, the state unemployment rate has decreased by 2.2 percentage points. The number of people employed increased by 10,277 over the month to 4,373,265, and increased 56,211 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 2,412 over the month to 294,658, and declined 105,637 over the year.
Total non-farm industry employment increased by 19,400 to 4,100,300 in March, according to Monday’s report. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was professional and business services at 7,600, followed by trade, transportation and utilities, 5,500; education and health services, 3,500; leisure and hospitality services, 2,800; manufacturing, 900; construction, 300; and other services, 200. Employers experiencing decreases included: information, 600; government, 500; and financial activities, 300. Mining and logging employment remained flat over the month.
Since March of last year, total non-farm jobs gained 65,000 with total private sector employment growing by 67,200 and government declining by 2,200. The largest over-the-year increase of major industries was professional and business services at 24,800, followed by trade, transportation and utilities, 18,200; education and health services, 7,900; construction, 5,900; leisure and hospitality services, 3,500; other services, 2,900; financial activities, 2,500; information, 800; manufacturing, 600; and mining and logging, 100. The only major industry to experience decreases over the year was government, 2,200.
The next unemployment update is scheduled for April 29, when the county unemployment rates for March 2014 will be released.