The state’s seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from November’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 3.5 percent.

North Carolina’s December 2019 unemployment rate remained unchanged from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 7,227 over the month to 4,939,767 and increased 137,509 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 6,432 over the month to 191,019 and increased 5,095 over the year.                                                                                            

Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 300 to 4,593,600 in December. The major industries with the largest over-the-month increases were Leisure & Hospitality Services, 5,600; Financial Activities, 1,200; Information, 900; Other Services, 600; Education & Health Services, 400; and Manufacturing, 100.  Major industries experiencing decreases were Professional & Business Services, 6,400; Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 1,100; Government, 900; and Mining & Logging, 100. Construction employment remained unchanged over the month.



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