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NC unemployment rate falls to 9.6 percent

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina's unemployment rate has declined for a seventh straight month, and stands at 9.6 percent. The state Employment Security Commission released the numbers for September on Friday.

The August rate was 9.7 percent.

For the first time since March 2008, the state unemployment rate isn't higher than the national jobless rate.

The largest job increases came in government, which added roughly 9,600 workers to payrolls last month. The largest job loss came in the manufacturing sector, which lost about 3,800 jobs.

Over the last 12 months, non-farm employment has grown by roughly 49,000 jobs.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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As the article clearly states, most of the new jobs were again government jobs, which are paid for by our taxes. This is not necessarily good news. We need private sector jobs.

I personally do not believe

I personally do not believe the unemployment rates that the news media puts out are accurate numbers only because I've been looking for a job here in Wilmington for over a year now and still haven't got one. I have turned in over 100 applications and still haven't got a job. What's that tell you?? the economy is still in the sh***er!!!!!

Unemployement is still too high

it aint any great shake taht we are lower than national avergae- in too many of our communities we are highre than national and sate- we need to adddress at all levls of government by making incentives for private sector so we can create more jobs

how sad it is falling to 9.8%

It is sad commentary that we talk about unemployement falling to 9.8%
That is still way to high-and probably doesnt count those who have given up--out leaders are letting us down.