- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s unemployment rate remained steady at 5.7 percent in November, a figure above the national average of 5 percent.

The state Commerce Department said Friday that the North Carolina rate was also higher than the 5.5 percent state rate in November, 2014.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says North Carolina was one of the country’s leaders in adding jobs last month with non-farm employment increasing by 11,400 jobs.

That boosted overall payroll employment to nearly 4.3 million. For the year as a whole the state has added more than 91,000 jobs.

The fields with the biggest job gains last month included education, health services, trade and transportation as well as utilities and professional and business services.

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