NC unemployment remains even in January; 15k jobs gained

No major fluctuations were reported in North Carolina’s unemployment rate—that’s according to the latest unemployment numbers out this week from the state’s Department of Commerce.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate inched up in January—that’s according to the latest report out this week from the state’s Department of Commerce.

The rate rose from 9.4 to 9.5 percent in January, but still remains slightly lower than a year ago.

North Carolina added 15,000 jobs during January, with Leisure and Hospitality Services gaining 6500 jobs—construction added 1600 jobs.

“Over-the-month, with a gain of 1600, and the over-the-year number a loss with 2300 is putting it relatively flat. So maybe that’s a sign that construction is going to come back around when we get the spring numbers,” said Commerce Department Spokesman Larry Parker.

Manufacturing gained 5400 jobs, the report indicated.

The sector with the biggest job loss was Professional and Business Services which was down 2600 in January.