North Carolina's unemployment rate dropped slightly in August to 9.7 percent. That's the lowest rate the state has seen in more than a year.
The rate was a small improvement over the July unemployment rate of 9.8 percent, according to figures released this morning by the N.C. Employment Security Commission. The July rate was the first one in the single digits since February 2009, when the rate was also 9.8 percent.
ESC chairman Lynn Holmes said the state is beginning to see growth in the professional and business services sectors as well as manufacturing jobs.
"While local education accounted for most of the job growth, there was an increase of 4,800 jobs in the private sector," she said.