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Jacksonville, Greenville, New Bern unemployment above state average, still low altogether

The unemployment rate dipped to 4.8% in September, from 5.2% in August, although some of that decline resulted from people dropping out of the workforce.
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The North Carolina Department of Commerce released its November employment figures.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce released its November employment figures. Ryan Shaffer took a look at the numbers.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate increased to 3.9% in November, just a tenth of a percent higher than October’s figures. Around 6,500 more North Carolinians are now searching for jobs in what remains to be a competitive labor market. Compared to a year ago, the unemployment rate is down three tenths of a percent.

The Rocky Mount Metro Area has the highest rate of unemployment in the state at 6.2%, according to the DOC’s most recent data. The New Bern (4%), Jacksonville (4.6%), Goldsboro (4.2%) and Greenville (4.2%) metro areas were all above the state average, but remain low altogether.

Industries with the most growth include hospitality, financial services and education services, adding more than 8,000 jobs in total.

The takeaway, unemployment figures remain low and the job market competitive.

Ryan is an Arkansas native and podcast junkie. He was first introduced to public radio during an internship with his hometown NPR station, KUAF. Ryan is a graduate of Tufts University in Somerville, Mass., where he studied political science and led the Tufts Daily, the nation’s smallest independent daily college newspaper. In his spare time, Ryan likes to embroider, attend musicals, and spend time with his fiancée and two cats.