The Triangle’s unemployment rate took a downtick to 4 percent in September, from 4.1 percent a month earlier.
The region’s jobless rate appears to have steadied since the summer, but is down from 4.7 percent in January and from 4.8 percent one year ago.
The regional unemployment data was issued this week by the N.C. Department of Commerce and seasonally adjusted by Wells Fargo Securities.
The Triangle features one of the strongest local economies in the country, with an August jobless rate below the statewide average of 4.7 percent and the national average of 5 percent.
The region continues adding jobs, with 33,500 added in the past year. In the past month, the Raleigh area lost 1,600 jobs while the Durham and Chapel Hill area added 900, but economists warn that monthly snapshots can be revised and are less reliable than annual trends.
Meanwhile, the region’s labor force is also expanding. It grew by by about 2,300 in the past month and has expanded by more than 6,000 this year. The labor force consists of all people employed and looking for work.