North Carolina jobless rate inches closer to pre-pandemic level

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North Carolina’s unemployment rate fell for the 10th consecutive month in July, the state Commerce Department reported on Friday, inching the percentage ever closer to pre-pandemic levels.

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 4.4% came as the number of employed rose by 8,360 workers compared to June, when the rate was 4.6%.

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The national rate for July was 5.4%. Over the past 12 months, North Carolina’s total number of employed has risen by over 278,000 to nearly 4.78 million, the department said.

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