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"Looking at the overall picture, rather than just the numbers for the sample period, this does not represent a positive change in our state's work force picture."
--State Employment Security Commission Chairman Thomas Whitaker commenting on a slight dip in North Carolina's monthly unemployment rate. While the jobless rate went down by 0.3 percent, Whitaker noted that the number of unemployment claims filed rose by 8.4 percent.

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