The state unemployment rate is dropping, but the labor force is also shrinking.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce reports unemployment fell from 8.8 percent in January 2013 to 6.7 percent in January 2014. But that number doesn't include people who have stopped looking for work. The state's labor force is made up of people who work or are trying to find jobs, and that pool shrank by more than 60,000 people during the year.
North Carolina State University Economist Michael Walden said 2013 was somewhat of a disappointing year for job growth.