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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The unemployment rate for the Wilmington area stayed flat from September to October, but it’s down for the last year.

The Wilmington metro area’s 7.7 percent rate for October is 1.4 points lower than a year earlier. The unemployment rate for the state was 7.5 percent in October.

New Hanover was the only county in our area to see an increase from September to October as the rate climbed 0.1 points to 7.5, which is the lowest in the region. The county’s rate is down 1.2 points in the past year.

Columbus has seen the biggest drop since Oct. 2012, as its unemployment rate has declined 2.6 points to 9.5 percent, followed by a 2.2-point drop in Bladen County (10.5 percent), 1.9 in Brunswick (7.7 percent) and 1.2 in Pender (8.6 percent).

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