RALEIGH —The state’s smoothed seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate decreased to 9.2 percent from February’s revised rate of 9.4 percent. The national rate fell to 7.6 percent from February’s 7.7 percent. North Carolina’s March 2013 unemployment rate was 0.2 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed decreased 10,954 over the month to 4,307,071, and increased 42,669 over the year.
The number of people unemployed fell 11,619 over the month to 435,209, and declined 7,127 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey,fell 300 to 4,048,600 in March. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was Professional & Business Services at 4,200, followed by Information, 1,300; Education & Health Services, 1,100; Other Services,1,000; and Leisure & Hospitality Services, 800. Major industries to experience decreases were Manufacturing, 3,700; Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 2,200; Construction, 1,800; Government, 900; and Mining & Logging,100. Financial Activities employment remained flat over the month.