NC jobless rate in Feb. below 10 percent

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s jobs market is showing slight improvement by dropping below 10 percent for the first time in more than a year.

The state Commerce Department released data Friday showing the state’s unemployment rate in February was 9.9 percent. That’s down from 10.2 percent in January, when North Carolina had the country’s fourth-highest jobless rate.

There were nearly 12,000 fewer people unemployed in North Carolina in February. But the state’s jobless rate for the month remained much higher than the national rate of 8.3 percent.

The state says emloyers added 8,300 more jobs than they cut in February, with white-collar jobs like business services and education leading the way. North Carolina lost more than 330,000 jobs by the time the national recession bottomed out two years ago.

Credit: The Associated Press.