Special to Iredell Free News

RALEIGH —  The State of North Carolina’s seasonally adjusted September unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from August’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.4 of a percentage point to 4.8 percent.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate has decreased 3.1 percentage points from a year ago.

The number of people employed increased 15,497 over the month to 4,810,394 and increased 167,700 over the year. Meanwhile, the number of people unemployed decreased 5,074 over the month to 211,500 and decreased 152,782 over the year.

Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 3,700 to 4,522,300 in September. Major industries experiencing increases were Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 5,700; Professional & Business Services, 3,900; Other Services, 1,200; Construction, 800; Leisure & Hospitality Services, 500; and Information, 300. Major industries experiencing decreases were Government, 4,400; Education & Health Services, 3,300; Financial Activities, 700; and Manufacturing, 300. Mining & Logging employment remained unchanged

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates since September 2020

Since September 2020, Total Nonfarm jobs increased 139,500 with the Total Private sector increasing by 145,700 and Government decreasing by 6,200. Major industries experiencing increases were Leisure & Hospitality Services, 39,700; Professional & Business Services, 39,400; Manufacturing, 21,100; Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 20,800; Construction, 14,400; Information, 6,200; Other Services, 3,700; Financial Activities, 3,000; and Mining & Logging, 100. Major industries experiencing decreases were Government, 6,200; and Education & Health Services, 2,700.

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