Total employment across the state was up 0.2% in May. Over the past 12 months, employment in North Carolina has risen 2.6%, outpacing the gain recorded for the country as a whole. Employment was higher in 11 of the state’s 14 metropolitan areas over the year. The strongest employment gains over the last 12 months were in Burlington (4.4%), Greensboro/High Point (3.5%), and Raleigh (3.0%). Employment declined in Rocky Mount (-0.4%) and Goldsboro (-0.2%) and was unchanged in Fayetteville. In the Triad, employment was higher by 3.5% in Greensboro/High Point, 2.5% in Winston-Salem, and 4.4% in Burlington.
(percent change last 12 months)
The unemployment rate in North Carolina was 5.7%, up 0.2 percentage points from April but 0.6 percentage points below the level recorded 12 months ago. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was lower this month in all of state’s 14 metropolitan areas. Among metro areas, the highest rate of unemployment was in Rocky Mount (8.9%), while the lowest rate was in Asheville and Raleigh (4.3%).