Charlotte-area jobless rate dips slightly

The Charlotte-area unemployment rate dipped slightly to 5.5 percent in February from 5.7 percent in January, the North Carolina Department of Commerce reported Wednesday. A year ago, Charlotte’s unemployment rate was 6.9 percent.

For the month, Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, down slightly from 5.4 percent in January. From January to February, the number of unemployed workers in Mecklenburg County dropped by 485, to 28,839.

Statewide, North Carolina’s unemployment rate of 5.7 percent for February is down slightly from 5.9 percent in January. A year ago, the rate was 6.9 percent.

Nationally, the jobless rate in March was 5.5 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.