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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s unemployment rate remained flat for June, as the number of people with full-time jobs slipped slightly from the prior month.

The state Commerce Department reported Friday that North Carolina’s unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in June, which was the same rate reported for May. That was above the national average, which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported at 6.1 percent.

North Carolina’s jobless rate for June is 1.9 percentage points lower than for the same period a year ago.

The number of people with full-time jobs in June dropped by about 8,600 from May, to about 4,400,000. The number of people who were unemployed also decreased about 2,100 over the month, to nearly 300,000.

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