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The state's unemployment rate also was 4.4 percent in June of last year.
U.S. employers extended a streak of solid hiring in May, adding 223,000 jobs and helping lower the unemployment rate to an 18-year low of 3.8 percent from 3.9 percent in April.
A dog in western Michigan has been approved for unemployment benefits -- and he'd be bringing in a cool $360 a week.
U.S. employers added a robust 228,000 jobs in November, a sign of the job market's enduring strength in its ninth year of economic recovery.
North Carolina's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent for the fourth straight month in October, the best jobless rate the state has recorded in 17 years.
The U.S. shed 33,000 jobs in September because of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which closed thousands of businesses in Texas and Florida.
U.S. employers added 209,000 jobs in July, a second straight month of robust gains that underscore the economy's vitality as it enters a ninth year of expansion.
Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as most U.S. workers continue to enjoy job security.
The NC Department of Commerce releases latest unemployment numbers for state, small year to year change.