There is encouraging news on the job front. There was a downtick in unemployment for our local counties in August. New Hanover County led the regional rebound with a half point drop from July to nine percent. Pender County was down four-tenths to 11.1 percent. Brunswick County was down a tenth to 10.6 percent. Columbus County dropped half a point to 12.8 percent. Bladen County was down four tenths to 12.3 percent. Overall, unemployment was down in ninety counties.
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