RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina has more people drawing a paycheck and fewer collecting unemployment benefits.
The state's Employment Security Commission reported Friday that the unemployment rate fell slightly to 9.7 percent in February, down from 9.8 percent in January.
The jobless rate in January fell as both the number of workers added to payrolls and the number of people looking for work grew.
That trend continued in February as the number of employed workers climbed by 5,500 and the number of unemployed dropped by 4,300.
More than 435,000 people remain on North Carolina's unemployment rolls. That number is down by 85,000 workers in the past year.
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