The Triangle’s jobless rate ticked up to 5.1 percent in February as the region continues to add jobs.
The unemployment rate increased from 4.9 percent in January. It was also 4.9 percent in February 2015.
The data was issued Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Commerce and seasonally adjusted by Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte.
The region’s jobless rate has been holding relatively steady since mid-2014.
“The unemployment rate is probably close to bottoming out but we’ll still see sold job growth,” said Wells Fargo economist Mark Vitner.
The data show that the Triangle lost about 500 jobs in February after adding 4,200 jobs in January. But in the past year, the Triangle has added 22,500 jobs, representing about a quarter of the job growth for the state.
Economists discount month-to-month fluctuations in regional economic data because economic surveys are not precise. The job totals come from surveys of businesses in the state.
Meanwhile, the Triangle’s labor force added 4,100 people in February and more than 42,000 in the past 12 months. The labor force comprises job seekers and employed workers, and the expansion of the labor force prevents the jobless rate from falling even as the economy adds jobs.
The Triangle is among North Carolina’s strongest regional economies, with a mix of universities, high-tech, health care and other industries.
The region’s jobless rate had risen to as high as 8.9 percent in 2010 and had fallen below 2 percent in the late 1990s.
The state’s jobless rate was 5.5 percent in February and the national rate was 4.9 percent.