- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina keeps adding jobs, but the unemployment rate isn’t going down and is still higher than the national average.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that North Carolina’s jobless rate for March was unchanged from the previous month at 5.5 percent. The national unemployment rate was 5 percent in March.

The government says North Carolina added 12,500 jobs between February and March to top 4.3 million statewide. The state has added 104,000 jobs since March 2015.

Both the state and national jobless rates have been steadily improving since the Great Recession.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate was 5.8 percent last March and 6.5 percent in March 2014.

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