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Mecklenburg unemployment rate falls

Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate dropped from 9.9 percent in September to 9.8 percent in October, according to a report released today by the state’s Employment Security Commission.

It was one of 66 North Carolina counties where unemployment rates dropped. Unemployment rates increased in 18 counties and remained the same in 16.

Within the Charlotte metro area, the unemployment rate decreased from 10.6 percent to 10.2 percent, with the biggest employment changes taking place in leisure and hospitality, which shed 5,000 jobs, while professional and business services added 2,400 jobs.

In October, 4,519 unemployment claims were filed in Mecklenburg County, more than any other county in the state.

Sam Boykin can be reached at sam.boykin@mecktimes.com.

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