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RALEIGH, N.C. – Unemployment in North Carolina fell slightly in August to 9.7 percent, down from 9.8 percent in July.

The jobless rate has now fallen for five consecutive months, according to data from the

Unemployment is at its lowest level since January 2009.

Non-farm jobs increased by 18,600 last month, the ESC reported.

“The August data showed improvement in job growth,” said ESC Chairman Lynn R. Holmes. “Several employment sectors experienced an increase in jobs. While local education accounted for most of the job growth, there was an increase of 4,800 jobs in the private sector. We are beginning to see growth in the professional and business services and the manufacturing sectors.”

However, the ESC also noted that seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 14,743 workers. Economist consider the adjusted figure more reliable when assessing trends.

A year ago, unemployment stood at 10.9 percent.

Some 24,099 more people are working than a year ago, the ESC added.

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