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NC's historically low unemployment rate rose slightly in August

The historically low unemployment rate in North Carolina ticked up slightly in August.
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North Carolina’s historically low unemployment rate rose slightly in August.

The rate of 3.5% announced Friday by the state Commerce Department ends a four-month run in which the rate stood at 3.4%.

For now, the August rate marks the first monthly increase since April 2020, when business restrictions at the start of the pandemic caused the number of jobless to soar.

Before this year, the last time North Carolina's rate fell to 3.4% came in 2000.

The August figures show overall employment grew but that it was outpaced by an increase in the unemployed.

Kelly Batchelor hails from the small crossroads community of Cabin in Duplin County in eastern North Carolina. Since 1989 Kelly has been actively employed in radio.