The state’s seasonally adjusted August unemployment rate was 4.3%, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from July’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 5.2%.

North Carolina’s August 2021 unemployment rate decreased 2.5 percentage points from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 17,609 over the month to 4,794,967 and increased 215,224 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 5,848 over the month to 216,607 and decreased 114,951 over the year.

Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, decreased 13,200 to 4,517,700 in August.

Major industries experiencing increases were financial activities, 900; and information, 500.

Major industries experiencing decreases were government, 6,700; trade, transportation and utilities, 4,800; leisure and hospitality services, 2,300; construction, 400; education and health services, 200; professional and business Services, 100; and other services, 100. Manufacturing and mining and logging employment remained unchanged.

— Staff report

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