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