The Triangle’s jobless rate fell to 4.1 percent in July, the lowest since October 2007, nearly nine years ago.
Triangle unemployment fell from 4.4 percent in June, and from 5 percent a year ago.
The Triangle is one of the state’s strongest-performing economies and the region’s jobless rate is well below the statewide average of 4.7 percent and the national average of 4.9 percent.
Regional unemployment data was issued Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Commerce and seasonally adjusted for The News & Observer by Wells Fargo Securities.
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The Triangle added 3,900 in July, according to a monthly payroll survey. At the same time, the region’s labor force shrunk by 1,000. The labor force represents those who are employed and looking for work.
“This was a pretty solid report for the Triangle,” said Wells Fargo economist Mark Vitner. “Most areas saw a drop in job creation due to losses in local government.”
In June, the Triangle also added jobs while the labor force shrunk.