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Unemployment rises again in Wilmington area

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The unemployment rate is up again in our five-county metropolitan area. It moved form 10.2 percent in November to 10.6 percent in December according to the Employment Security Commission. Here is the county-by-county breakdown:
COUNTY
DECEMBER
NOVEMBER
CHANGE
Bladen
12.7
12.1
+0.6
Brunswick
12.4
11.5
+0.9
Columbus
13.8
12.9
+0.9
New Hanover
9.7
9.5
+0.2
Pender
11.1
10.8
+0.3

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