The Triangle's jobless rate continued to show steady improvement in February, suggesting that local employers are slowly resuming hiring.
The unemployment rate for the Raleigh-Durham area fell to 7.6 percent in February, down from 7.9 percent in January. The data were released today by the N.C. Employment Security Commission and adjusted for seasonal affects by Wells Fargo Securities economists in Charlotte.
The News & Observer uses the seasonally adjusted rates to provide a more accurate comparison to the state and national averages, which also are adjusted.
The local rate remains well below the state and national rates, reflecting this region's concentration of relatively stable industries such as health care, technology and education.