North Carolina unemployment rate falls to 3.7% in December
North Carolina officials say the state's unemployment rate fell again in December. The Commerce Department announced on Tuesday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 3.7%, compared to 3.9% in November. The U.S. rate for December was 3.9%. North Carolina hasn’t logged a rising monthly unemployment rate since September 2020, as the state’s economy has rebounded from earlier COVID-19 lockdowns and business restrictions with gusto. Department data showed overall employment levels keep rising while the number of those unemployed dropped by almost 9,900 to 188,400, Another counting format showed the leisure and hospitality services sector with the largest employment growth.