State Unemployment Drops Slightly

North Carolina's unemployment rate dropped slightly in January as the state gained 17,000 nonfarming jobs.

New data out this morning shows unemployment at 10.2%, compared to 10.4% in December. The state still trails the national unemployment rate of 8.3%.

Construction saw the biggest percentage increase at 3.5%, followed by professional and business services at 2.8% and leisure and hospitality services with a 2.0% increase from December.

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