NC unemployment rate stuck again in January at 4.5 percent

Lauren Chapman  IPB News

Lauren Chapman IPB News

The agency reported that the USA economy added 313,000 jobs in February, marking the country's 89th consecutive month of job growth. Indiana's total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.31 million, and the state's 63.7 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.7 percent.

The department said in a news release Monday that the December rate was revised up two-tenths of a point from the preliminary rate of 2.7 percent.

North Carolina's unemployment rate in January didn't move from the 4.5 percent mark where it's been for three previous months. Private-sector jobs, a subset of total nonfarm jobs, grew by 7,500 compared with January 2017, or 0.7 percent.

Unemployment rates in six states and the District of Columbia fell in January, with jobless rates stable in 44 states.

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Meanwhile, professional and business services ticked upward by 6,200 jobs, and education and health services rose by 4,600. Comparatively, the national unemployment rate declined to 4.1 percent from 4.8 percent. Due to rounding, though, the January unemployment rate remained unchanged from December, according to the labor department.

Those gains were offset, however, by losses in other sectors, including the wholesale trade industry, which shed about 1,500 jobs, while employment in retail trade dropped by about 500.

Kansas will report state February employment numbers March 23.

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