Charlotte-area jobless rate dips

After four months of increases, the unemployment rate for the Charlotte area dropped slightly in September to 6.8 percent, according to labor statistics released Friday.

The decline from August – when the rate was 7.1 percent – is typical as the workforce usually contracts with the end of summer. Unemployment remains significantly higher than at the same time a year earlier. The rate for N.C. counties in the Charlotte area was 4.6 percent in September 2007.

Total employment for the region last month was about 878,200 – 3,200 more than in August and 13,500 more than the previous September, according to the N.C. Employment Security Commission.

The unemployment rate for each N.C. county in the Charlotte region also was down slightly in September, with Mecklenburg seeing the biggest decline – from 7 percent in August to 6.6 percent last month.