The state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 6.5 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from June’s revised rate of 6.4 percent.
The national rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 6.2 percent.
North Carolina’s July 2014 unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points lower than a year ago.
The number of people employed decreased 19,848 over the month to 4,369,632, and increased 59,498 over the year.
The number of people unemployed increased 5,298 over the month to 304,484, and declined 77,720 over the year.
Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 15,800 to 4,139,800 in July.
The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was Professional and Business Services at 4,800, followed by Government, 4,300; Trade, Transportation and Utilities, 3,300; Other Services, 2,200; Construction, 2,100; Information, 2,000; and Manufacturing, 700.
Major industries experiencing decreases were Education and Health Services, 1,600; Financial Activities, 1,300; and Leisure and Hospitality Services.
Mining and Logging employment remain unchanged over the month.
Since July 2013, Total Nonfarm jobs gained 89,000 with the Total Private sector growing by 93,900 and Government declining by 4,900.
The largest over-the-year increase of major industries was Professional and Business Services at 38,700, followed by Trade, Transportation and Utilities, 22,100; Leisure and Hospitality Services, 8,800; Construction, 7,800; Other Services, 5,100; Education and Health Services, 4,700; Information, 4,200; Financial Activities, 1,300; Manufacturing, 1,000; and Mining and Logging, 200. The only major industry experiencing a decrease over the year was Government, 4,900.
The next unemployment update is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 when the county unemployment rates for July 2014 will be released.