North Carolina’s unemployment rate ticked up to 5.5 percent in April, marking the first time in 11 months that the state’s jobless rate was higher than the national average.
The state’s unemployment rate rose one-tenth of one percentage point from 5.4 percent in March. The national average dropped an identical amount to April’s 5.4 percent.
The last time the national jobless average was lower than North Carolina’s mark was last June. North Carolina’s unemployment rate has fallen by nearly a full percentage point in the past year.