North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent in November, enabling the state to match the national rate.

The state added 10,111 workers while the number of unemployed dipped by 7,029.

North Carolina’s workforce also grew, adding 3,081.

The jobless rate dipped from 4.8 percent in October. September unemployment stood at 4.9 percent.

The nation’s jobless rate has stood at 4.7 percent for three consecutive months.

“Another drop in unemployment and a gain in employment as we head into the holiday season is extremely positive,” said Harry Payne, Jr., the chairman of the state’s Employment Security Commission.

North Carolina’s workforce reached 4,537,155 in November with 4,325,270 people working and 211,885 unemployed.

In November of 2006, North Carolina’s jobless rate stood at 4.9 percent.

The lowest monthly jobless rate in the state this year was 4.5 percent reached in February and in March. The high was 5.0 percent in July.