NC’s jobless rate lingers above US average; March report due

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina gets a new look at the direction of the state’s unemployment rate, which has been improving toward the national average.

State and federal agencies are scheduled to release the March jobless rate data on Friday.

The unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in February, higher than the nationwide average of 4.9 percent. Both the state and national jobless rates have been steadily improving since the Great Recession.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says North Carolina’s unemployment rate was 5.8 percent last March and 6.5 percent in March 2014.

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