For those looking for a job, here's the bad news: finding a job isn't getting much easier.
The state's unemployment rate stayed level in July, remaining at 11.0 percent.
Overall, the number of unemployed workers did drop by 4,853 people, but that was not a large enough decrease to change the state's overall unemployment rate.
Moreover, non-farm payrolls, which in June showed the first increase since September, fell again in July by 26,400 jobs.
"We continue to feel the effects of a struggling global and national economy," said N.C. Employment Security Commission chairman Moses Carey Jr.
Nationally, the unemployment rate decreased slightly from 9.5 percent in June to 9.4 percent in July.