(AP) - North Carolina's getting a look at how the state's unemployment rate was shaping up at the start of this year.
On Monday, the state Commerce Department released figure showing which direction job prospects were heading in January.
Here's the breakdown:
Civilian Labor Force
• North Carolina's January 2013 smoothed seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, at 9.5 percent, increased 0.1 of
a percentage point over December 2012. The rate was 9.6 percent in January 2012.
• At 9.5 percent, North Carolina's January unemployment rate is 1.6 percentage points higher than the United States'
7.9 percent rate.
• The number of people unemployed increased 1.4 percent to 453,276.
• During January, North Carolina's smoothed seasonally adjusted labor force participation rate increased 0.1 of a
percentage point to 63.4 percent, while the U.S. rate held at 63.6 percent.
North Carolina's unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in December, compared with 9.1 percent in November and 10.4 percent in December 2011.
More than 17,000 people were added in December to the pool of people looking for work statewide.
The unemployment picture is improving on the national level. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a four-year low of 7.7 percent in February from 7.9 percent the previous month.