RALEIGH — North Carolina’s unemployment rate has increased for the second straight month to 6.8 percent in August.
State officials said Friday that the jobless rate increased by three-tenths of a percentage point from July. That puts the state above the national rate of 6.1 percent for August.
The number of people with jobs fell by nearly 29,000 from the previous month.
The state’s labor force also dropped, continuing a trend that’s seen the number of those with jobs or looking for work drop by about 29,000 in the past year.
In recent months, North Carolina’s jobless rate had dipped as low as 6.2 percent in April before starting to inch up again.
Still, state unemployment has dropped in the past year from 8 percent in August 2013.