NC jobless rate falls just under 11 percent

RALEIGH

The rate remains near its historic peak of around 11 percent for a 10th straight month.

According to the Employment Security Commission, November's 10.8 is a fraction lower than October's 10.9 percent. The monthly estimate has yo-yoed slightly above and below 11 percent since February.

The state's unemployment rate has been worse than the national average for more than a year. The U.S. jobless rate was 10 percent in November.

North Carolina's jobless rate was 7.5 percent in November 2008. Since then, the state has paid more than $4.3 billion in unemployment benefits, including emergency compensation and extended benefits.

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