State Unemployment Drops Below 10%

North Carolina's unemployment rate is back under 10%, for the first time in six months.

New figures out this morning for December show the state's unemployment is at 9.9%, down from 10% in November.

The state says since December 2010, private sector jobs have increased by 29,400. Leisure and hospitality had the largest gain with 11,800.

The last time unemployment was below 10% was in June when the rate was also 9.9%.


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