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North Carolina's unemployment rate drops slight to 5.7 percent in October


RALEIGH, North Carolina — The unemployment rate dropped slightly in North Carolina last month.

The Commerce Department said Friday that the jobless rate in October was 5.7 percent. That compares with a rate of 5.8 percent in September.

The national unemployment rate was 5 percent last month.

The agency said the number of people working was up by nearly 11,000 in October, compared with the previous month.

The increase is nearly 125,000 compared to October of 2014.

The department said government gained the most jobs between September and October, with an additional 6,400 workers. The construction industry added about 2,200 jobs over the month.

The leisure and hospitality services sector lost about 7,200 jobs between September and October. Education and health services employment dropped by just over 4,000 jobs.

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