In September, North Carolina had the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the nation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the state-by-state rankings for October next week.

Looking forward, another increase in the unemployment rate could be on the horizon. North Carolina was among the six states with the highest increase in people seeking unemployment benefits.

While some states blamed the increase on Superstorm Sandy, North Carolina said the additional 1,725 applications were due to layoffs in the metal, textile, machinery and restaurant industries.

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