- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s unemployment rate rose slightly in October to 4.9 percent, ending a three-month string during which the state’s jobs picture was better than the national average.

Data released Friday by the state Commerce Department show North Carolina’s jobless rate rose in the weeks before Election Day by two-tenths of a percentage point from September. The national’s average unemployment rate also was 4.9 percent after improving slightly.

The state’s jobless rate rose in October largely because an extra 30,000 people decided to look for jobs and 10,000 people joined the unemployment rolls. An extra 20,000 found jobs in October.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped by seven-tenths of a percentage point over the year, the fourth-best improvement in the country. The U.S. unemployment rate has hovered around 5 percent all year.

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