The state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from June’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.5 of a percentage point to 5.4 percent.
North Carolina’s July 2021 unemployment rate decreased 4.4 percentage points from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 8,361 over the month to 4,777,400 and increased 278,125 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 9,579 over the month to 222,315 and decreased 210,978 over the year.
Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 75,600 to 4,580,800 in July. Major industries experiencing increases were Government, 53,800; Professional & Business Services, 10,700; Construction, 4,300; Leisure & Hospitality Services, 3,800; Manufacturing, 3,100; Financial Activities, 600; and Other Services, 600. Major industries experiencing decreases were Education & Health Services, 900; and Information, 400. Mining & Logging and Trade, Transportation & Utilities employment remained unchanged.
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The next unemployment update is scheduled for Wednesday, September 1, 2021 when the county unemployment rates for July 2021 will be released.