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NC jobless rate remains at 5.6 percent in January

North Carolina’s jobless rate remained flat in January at 5.6 percent even as the state continued to add jobs at a faster rate than the nation.

The state’s jobless rate has been flat since October and is down from 5.7 percent a year ago. By comparison, the jobless rate for the nation was 4.9 percent in January, down from 5.7 percent a year ago.

The seasonally adjusted employment data was released Monday by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

North Carolina has added 104,300 nonfarm jobs over the past 12 months, an annual growth rate of 2.5 percent. The state added 23,200 in January.

That strong performance has made North Carolina attractive to people from other states looking for work. The state’s labor pool added 16,842 job seekers in January and 86,051 in 2015.

The number of unemployed people declined by 1,415 in January and fell by 1,427 in 2015.

“It’s hard to speak ill of a report like this,” said economist Richard Kaglic of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. “North Carolina has been outperforming the nation as a whole. The gains have been broad-based across many industries.”

In January the state added jobs in government, leisure and hospitality, education and health care, and construction. The only area to lose jobs was trade, transportation and utilities. For the full year, every job category gained, except mining and logging, which added no new jobs.

John Murawski: 919-829-8932, @johnmurawski

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