Business North Carolina examines recent economic indicators in the state.
Shipping tonnage jumped in February compared to the year before to more than 629,000 tons.
February vehicle registrations rose steadily in the state compared to the year before to 31,730.
February's hotel occupancy rate rose slightly to 53.8% compared to the year before.
February incorporations were flat at 4,907 compared to the previous year.
January construction fell 42% in North Carolina based on contracts awarded for highway, utility and commercial-building jobs.
February boardings fell at most N.C. airports compared to the year before, with Charlotte Douglas International Airport being the exception.
Utilities usage was up slightly in February, while customer bases at the state's largest providers' remained relatively flat.
North Carolina's 9.4% unemployment rate in February continued to eclipse the nation.
Taxable retail sales rose in January statewide to about $7.8 billion, led by sales in Mecklenburg County.