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Unemployment rate drops in Carolinas

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The unemployment rates in the Carolina's unemployment rate has dropped again.

South Carolina's unemployment rate has dropped for the fourth straight month. The state Department of Employment and Workforce says the jobless rate in November was 8.3 percent. That's down .3 percentage points from the October rate.

The number of people without jobs dropped by more than 6,000. The number of people who were working increased by nearly 10,000.

The unemployment rate has dropped 1.5 percentage points in the past year. The national unemployment rate last month was down to 7.7 percent.

Employment in the retail sector increased by 5,500 workers with the holiday season. Government employment increased by 3,100 positions.

The tourism and hospitality industry lost about 2,200 jobs since October. Marion County had the highest unemployment rate at 15.8 percent. Lexington County had the lowest rate at 6.3 percent.

North Carolina's unemployment rate dropped slightly in November from a month earlier as the state gained nearly 35,000 new jobs.

The state Commerce Department released figures Friday showing that the rate dropped to 9.1 percent from 9.3 percent in October.

The figures show a significant improvement from the same time one year ago, when unemployment was 10.4 percent.

The state still trails the national rate, which was 7.7 percent in November.

The largest monthly increase came in the trade, transportation and utilities sector, which gained 7,300 jobs. , Professional and business services added 5,400 jobs, and education and health services had 4,900 more workers.

Since February 2010, when the state's unemployment rate reached its highest mark of 11.4 percent, North Carolina has gained about 145,000 jobs.

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