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North Carolina’s unemployment rate fell by 0.2 percentage points in November, according to the state’s Department of Commerce.

It is a new trend for the state that has seen numbers above the national rate for most of the year.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November was 3.8 percent. The national unemployment rate is 3.5 percent.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate had stayed at 4.0 percent and above since March until now. The national rate has stayed below 4.0 since January.

Despite the drop, North Carolina's unemployment rate is 0.1 percent higher than the same time last year.

But the state's job creators employee 130,472 more people this year than last. That number increased by 7,892 over the past month. There are 4.9 million people currently employed in the state.

Most of the new jobs in November were added in the construction and other service industries.

North Carolina's economy "remains strong," according to Commerce Department Spokesperson David Rhodes.

"We’ve seen an increase of more than 130,000 people employed in our state versus a year ago. Companies consider the quality and size of the workforce when they evaluate a business location, which is why North Carolina continues to do well in attracting businesses to our state," he said.


Staff Reporter

Nyamekye Daniel has been a journalist for three years. She was the managing editor for the South Florida Media Network and a staff writer for The Miami Times. Daniel's work has also appeared in the Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and The New York Times.