MEDIA RELEASE: North Carolina continues to lag behind U.S. in reducing unemployment

'Roughly the same number of North Carolinians are looking for work today as there were in 2015'
 
Raleigh (April 21, 2017) — While North Carolina has seen unemployment decline over the past few months, the unemployment rate in North Carolina (4.9%) is still higher than the national rate (4.5%), and the Tar Heel State has not made as much progress as the nation in the past year in decreasing the number of people who can’t work.
 
"We’ve been treading economic water over the past several months” said Patrick McHugh, policy analyst with the Budget & Tax Center, a project of the NC Justice Center. “Our unemployment rate has been stuck around 5 percent since October, and roughly the same number of North Carolinians are looking for work today as there were in 2015.”
 
The March labor market data underscore a number of important economic realities, including:
For more context on the economic choices facing North Carolina, check out the Budget & Tax Center’s weekly Prosperity Watch report.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Patrick McHugh, patrick.mchugh@ncjustice.org or (919) 856-2183; Mel Umbarger, mel@ncjustice.org.
 
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