NC jobless rate grows to 5.7 percent in May

Staff Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's unemployment rate is higher than the national rate for the second straight month after ticking upward to 5.7 percent in May from 5.5 percent the previous month.

A state Department of Commerce Report released Friday showed May's jobless rate was two tenths of a percentage point higher than the national rate of 5.5 percent, which increased from 5.4 percent in April.

Both the state and national labor force grew in May, by 0.6 and 0.3 percentage points respectively, meaning the number of people entering the search for work exceeded the number of people finding jobs.

The Commerce Department said the state added 10,400 non-farm jobs in May, bringing the number of such jobs in the state to more than 4.2 million.