Report: Unemployment rates drop across most of state, Pender County sees increase

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The Wilmington metropolitan unemployment rate was 9.9 percent in November, down slightly from the 10.0 rate in October, according to a report from the N.C. Department of Commerce's Division of Employment Security.

"Unemployment rates continued to drop across North Carolina in November," stated N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll within a report. "Over-the-year, rates have decreased in 71 counties."

New Hanover County faired faintly better than the state's unadjusted rate with 9.2 percent unemployment, equal to the results from last year at this time.

In the WECT viewing area, Columbus County rates dropped the most between October and November from 12.5 to 12.0. Bladen County dropped from 12.0 percent unemployment to 11.7, which is now even with the county's 2010 figure in November.

Brunswick County boasted a 0.6 percent drop over the year, while Pender County's rate increased from 10.6 to 11.5 percent between November 2010 and 2011.

Note: The results are not seasonally adjusted and are estimates subject to revision.

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