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N.C. jobless rate dips to 11 percent

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Is it a glimmer of hope or just more job seekers throwing in the towel?

North Carolina unemployment dropped slightly in June, but it likely does not signal the recession is finished exacting pain on the state's workers.

Joblessness fell to 11 percent from 11.1 percent in May, according to data released this morning by the N.C. Employment Security Commission.

The labor force, though, also declined by 10,347 workers during the month.

That indicates some people grew frustrated and gave up on finding a job altogether.

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Assistant Business Editor Alan M. Wolf joined the N&O in 1999 covering the business of health care. He became an editor in 2001, and helps oversee the paper's daily business coverage and Sunday Work&Money section. He lives in Clayton with his wife and two children. Reach him at 919-829-4572 or e-mail him.