NC Unemployment Rate Jumps To 4.8 Percent

North Carolina's unemployment rate rose for the first time in seven months in April, jumping to 4-point-8 percent.

That's according to data released today by the state Employment Security Commission.

The rise from 4-point-5 percent in March marked the largest increase in unemployment since April 2003.

The national unemployment rate rose slightly to 4-point-5 percent.

The state's employment dropped by 63-hundred to 4-point-3 million -- the second consecutive monthly decline.

Compared to the year-ago period, overall employment was still up by nearly 76-thousand, or 1-point-79 percent.