RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina’s jobless rate fell slightly in February, registering at 5.3 percent for the month.
The state Commerce Department reported Friday the jobless rate was unchanged from January’s revised rate but below the national unemployment rate of 5.5 percent in February.
North Carolina’s jobless rate has gradually dropped over the past year from 6.5 percent in February 2014.
More than 30,000 additional people landed jobs in February, raising the number of workers to more than 4.4 million.
About the same number of people entered North Carolina’s growing labor force, meaning they were looking for jobs or working. The growing labor force helps to explain why the unemployment rate didn’t change in February despite more people landing jobs.