State unemployment rate increases
Despite added jobs in January, the North Carolina unemployment rate increased slightly during the month.
According to a report from the state Department of Commerce, the state’s unemployment rate ticked up to 9.5 percent from 9.4 percent in December.
The national unemployment also increased by 0.1 percentage points to 7.9 percent in January.
A primary reason for the rate increase in North Carolina was due to the number of jobs added being surpassed by the total number of people unemployed.
For the month, the state added 2,888 on its employed rolls, however there was an increase of 6,243 unemployed over the month.
The report said that the total labor force in the state jumped to 4.77 million but the total number of unemployed went from 447,033 in December 2012 to 453,276 in January 2013.
Manufacturing and hospitality added the most jobs over the month, combining for an increase of 12,100 jobs over the month.
Over the year, the report said, hospitality added 25,400 jobs, the largest number of any sector.
The education and professional services sectors decreased by a combined 4,900 jobs over the month.
The report also said that the non-seasonally adjusted rate of pay for manufacturing production workers increased slightly from December.
The rate went from $16.66 per hour to $16.84 however, the average hours worked decreased from 41.6 hours per week to 41.0 hours.
The state’s unemployment rate change over the year was decreased by 0.1 percentage points from 9.6 percent in January 2012 to the current rate. Over the year, the state’s unemployment rate has not climbed above 9.6 percent and not dropped below 9.4 percent.
The next report, which will be issued on Friday, will break down unemployment rates for counties in North Carolina.