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Mecklenburg County unemployment climbs to 10.4 percent

Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate jumped to 10.4 percent in November from 10 percent in October, staying above the state’s November rate of 9.9 percent, the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina said today.

In the Charlotte, Gastonia and Rock Hill, S.C., area, the rate rose to 10.8 percent from 10.2 percent.

From October to November, unemployment rates increased in 99 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, while the rate remained the same in Davie County.

From November 2009 to November 2010, unemployment rates dropped in 81 counties, remained the same in one and increased in 18.

Mecklenburg County’s labor force totaled 456,307 in November. There were 408,678 people employed and 47,629 unemployed.

In the Charlotte area, the biggest percentage loss in jobs from October to November was in leisure and hospitality, which saw a drop of 4 percent, or 3,500 jobs. Over the year, the biggest percentage loss in jobs for the area was in mining, logging and construction, which saw a decline of 13 percent, or 5,000 jobs.

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