More claims from people laid off from two of North Carolina's traditional industries helped lead to an increase in the state's jobless rate for March.
The Employment Security Commission says the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was six percent in March. That's an increase of two-tenths of one percent from February. About half of the increase was because of an increase in initial claims.
Those claims came from the furniture and textile industries. The commission says the construction industry also suffered in March, losing 2,300 jobs. The losses are blamed on the month's poor weather.