NC unemployment rate falls to 4.5 percent, best since 2001

Unemployment rate drops

The May unemployment numbers showed an increase of a tenth of a percentage point, increasing the rate to 5.0%.

EDD said the state has added more than 2.5 million jobs since economic expansion began in February 2010.

Colorado held on to the title of the lowest state unemployment rate in May, at just 2.3 percent, followed closely by 2.5 percent in North Dakota.

The unemployment rate was 4.3 percent.

Overall, Weld County in May gained another 100 jobs in the mining, logging and construction sector over the month, bringing year-to-date totals to 1,000 for the biggest sector change for the year.

In a separate report, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said Texas added 24,500 jobs in May.

"The state added 5,500 jobs, so the economy is showing signs of optimism", Kelly said.

Amarillo had the lowest unemployment in Texas last month at 3.1 percent.

The Charleston area continued to post better-than-average job gains, expanding at a 2.5-percent pace over the year, but the Lowcountry has lost its position leading the state's growth. In May 2016, the state's jobless figure was 4.1 percent.

The financial industry showed the largest month-to-month decline, with a drop of 800 jobs.

Gov. Sam Brownback campaigned for re-election in 2014 by pledging to create 100,000 private-sector jobs during the second term in office. "They may be looking for a different job, but they haven't quit the one they already have". "It's a testament to the attractiveness of Georgia's job market when we continue to see more and more individuals enter and re-enter the job market and find employment".

The sectors' losing jobs included leisure and hospitality, where employment decreased 6,000 and trade, transportation and utilities, where employment was down by 5,900.

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