The state’s seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate was 8.0 percent, decreasing 0.3 of a percentage point from September’s revised rate of 8.3 percent. The national rate increased to 7.3 percent from September’s7.2 percent.
North Carolina’s October 2013 unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than a year ago. The number ofpeople employed increased 6,225 over the month to 4,294,153, and decreased 1,618 over the year. The number of peopleunemployed decreased 18,542 over the month to 371,756, and declined 75,811 over the year.
Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 22,200 to 4,087,000 in October. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was Education& Health Services at 7,600, follow by Professional & Business Services, 6,400; Government, 6,200; Manufacturing,
2,400; Leisure & Hospitality Services, 1,500; Information, 1,400; Other Services, 1,200; and Trade, Transportation &Utilities, 200. Major industries to experience decreases were Financial Activities, 4,200; and Construction, 500. Mining & Logging employment remained flat over the month.