Mecklenburg unemployment down to 5.6 percent in October

Unemployment fell to 5.6 percent in Mecklenburg County in October, the state Department of Commerce said Tuesday.

That’s down 1.8 percentage points from the same month last year, when unemployment stood at 7.4 percent. Unemployment fell in 98 of the state’s 100 counties during October. The numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

The October rate was the lowest for Mecklenburg in more than six years, since May 2008, according to state data. It’s slightly higher than the statewide rate of 5.5 percent.

In the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill statistical region, employment gains were powered by trade, transportation and utilities, which added 6,400 jobs, and professional and business services, which added 6,700 jobs compared to last year. The manufacturing segment and the mining, logging and construction category each added 2,000 jobs. Education and health services added 1,800.

The only sectors to shed jobs year-over-year were leisure and hospitality and other services, which dropped a combined 400 jobs.