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North Carolina’s August Employment Figures Released
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted August unemployment rate was 6.8 percent, increasing 0.3 of a percentage point from July’s revised rate of 6.5 percent.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 6.1 percent.
North Carolina’s August 2014 unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed decreased 28,666 over the month to 4,340,873, and increased 28,938 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 10,404 over the month to 314,962, and declined 57,505 over the year. 
Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 12,500 to 4,153,700 in August. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was Gov- ernment at 8,500, followed by Education & Health Services, 2,700; Professional & Business Services, 2,500; Manufacturing, 1,900; Financial Activities, 1,100; Information, 300; and Other Services, 100. Major industries experiencing decreases were Leisure & Hospitality Services, 3,300; and Construction, 1,300. Mining & Logging and Trade, Transportation & Utilities employment remained unchanged over the month.
Since August 2013, Total Nonfarm jobs gained 98,800 with the Total Private sector growing by 94,300 and Gov- ernment increasing by 4,500.  The largest over-the-year increase of major industries was Professional & Business Services at 38,600, followed by Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 18,000; Education & Health Services, 7,000; Leisure & Hospitality Services, 7,000; Construction, 6,700; Other Services, 5,000; Manufacturing, 4,600; Infor- mation, 4,500; Government, 4,500; Financial Activities, 2,700; and Mining & Logging, 200.
The next unemployment update is scheduled for Wednesday, October 1, 2014 when the county unemployment rates for August 2014 will be released. —

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