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County unemployment rate steady

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

Lincoln County’s unemployment rate remained unchanged from a month ago, according to the latest figures released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce on Wednesday.
July’s numbers show the local rate stayed at 9.8 percent, with it having risen to that level in June.
This follows a couple of months of it edging back up after reaching a low in April of 8.7 percent.
Earlier in the year, the local jobless rate experienced significant declines, dropping almost a whole percentage point from 10.2 percent to 9.3 percent between February and March.
Statewide, unemployment rates for the month of July fell in 81 counties, increased in nine and remained the same in 10, including Lincoln.
This time last year, 10.6 percent of the county’s workforce was unemployed.
The July not-seasonally-adjusted jobless rate for North Carolina as a whole was 9.1 percent.

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