RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s unemployment rate was unchanged in August at 4.1 percent, still the lowest jobless rate in almost 17 years.

The state’s Commerce Department said Friday the jobless rate held solid after falling from 5 percent at the start of the year. The last time North Carolina’s unemployment rate was this low was November 2000.

The national unemployment number was 4.4 percent in August.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says North Carolina has seen one of the country’s most significant unemployment rate declines in the past year and one of the biggest increases in the number of people working.

There were 350 fewer unemployed North Carolina workers between July and August. The past year has seen the number of people on payrolls increase by 2,500 to 4.7 million.

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