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Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased to 6.1 percent in June from 5.8 in May. Employment officials say the weakening economy is having an effect on typically thriving industries like retail.
Brunswick County ESC Manager Eli Smith said recently the local unemployment office in Shallotte has seen a big increase in traffic since the economy began slowing down.
He said the office averages 160 claims per month, and clients are also filing claims using the Internet.
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