Mecklenburg unemployment rate fell in November

The unemployment rate in Mecklenburg County continued to fall in November, according to statistics released Tuesday.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce said the unemployment rate stood at 5.4 percent in Mecklenburg last month, down 1.8 percentage points from the same month last year. The rate was down 0.3 percentage points from October, when it stood at 5.7 percent.

Mecklenburg’s rate was in the middle of the pack for the state’s 100 counties. Chatham County, west of Raleigh, had the lowest unemployment rate, at 3.7 percent. Graham County, in the mountains on the Tennessee border, had the highest rate, at 11.4 percent. The statewide rate for November was 5.3 percent.

November unemployment rates in the area counties were as follows:

Gaston: 5.5 percent, down 2.3 percentage points from a year ago

Union: 4.4 percent, down 1.6 points

Cabarrus: 4.9 percent, down 1.4 points

Lincoln: 5.1 percent, down 1.9 percent

Iredell: 5 percent, down 1.9 points

Rowan: 5.3 percent, down 1.9 points