RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted August unemployment rate was 8.7 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from July’s revised rate of 8.9 percent. The national rate declined to 7.3 percent from July’s 7.4

North Carolina’s August 2013 unemployment rate was 0.9 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed decreased 3,562 over the month to 4,275,090, and increased 4,726 over the year. The number
of people unemployed decreased 8,741 over the month to 409,487, and declined 43,693 over the year.

Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, decreased 1,700 to 4,052,300 in August. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was Pro-fessional & Business Services at 3,300, followed by Education & Health Services, 2,900; Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 2,800; Information, 1,300; Financial Activities, 500; and Manufacturing, 400. Major industries to experience decreases were Government, 6,800; Leisure & Hospitality Services, 2,800; Construction, 1,700; and Other Services, 1,600. Mining & Logging employment remained flat over the month.