The state unemployment rate decreased this July, according to a report by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
The rate has decreased from 4.4 percent in July 2017 to 4.1percent, a figure that sits just slightly above the 3.9 percent national average for July. The report said professional and business jobs are leading the employment boom, leaving UNC students feeling optimistic about their prospects in the coming years.
Tommy Boggis, a junior business major, plans to live and work in North Carolina after college. He cited the growing local economy and the strong national market as reasons for his confidence about the future.
“As a college student, I feel more secure because the market is so strong right now,” he said. “The demand for jobs from university graduates is high, especially with North Carolina becoming a greater hub for commerce.”
The Department of Commerce also reported that the rural-centered manufacturing and construction jobs have increased since 2017. Other areas that have seen growth include transportation and utilities, government and education and health services. One of the only industries to lose jobs was leisure and hospitality services.