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.