RALEIGH (AP) - A new North Carolina jobs report says more people entered the job market in March than in most of the past year, and more people found work.
The state Commerce Department on Monday reported that the number of people in the state either working or looking for jobs grew by almost 8,000 in March. That reverses a trend that saw about 50,000 fewer people in the labor force in March than the same time last year.
Economists pointed to the smaller workforce as the reason for the state's improving unemployment rate.
The state's jobless rate fell slightly in March to 6.3 percent. About 10,000 more people were employed in March than in February.
A federal report said Friday that North Carolina trailed only Florida for largest monthly employment growth.