Business North Carolina examines recent economic indicators in the state.
Shipping tonnage fell in March compared to the year before to 538,831 tons.
March vehicle registrations fell slightly in the state compared to the year before to 34,765.
March's hotel occupancy rate rose slightly to 59.3% compared to the year before.
March incorporations increased slightly to 5,341 compared to the previous year.
February construction rose 73% in North Carolina based on contracts awarded for highway, utility and commercial-building jobs.
March boardings fell slightly at most N.C. airports compared to the year before, with Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Raleigh's airport being exceptions.
Utilities usage rose in March, while customer bases at the state's largest providers' remained relatively flat.
North Carolina's 9.2% unemployment rate in March continued to eclipse the nation.
Taxable retail sales rose in January statewide to about $7.8 billion, led by sales in Mecklenburg County.