- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s unemployment rate remains stuck at 5.6 percent, little changed over the course of 2015.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Monday that the jobless rate in January stayed the same as the prior three months. The state’s unemployment rate is just a faction lower than the 5.7 percent recorded in January 2015.

The national unemployment rate is 4.9 percent.

North Carolina’s unbending unemployment rate in January came despite the fact that the state added more than 23,000 jobs since December.

The government says North Carolina trailed only Florida and Texas for the largest month-to-month employment growth as 30 states increased nonfarm payroll employment.

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