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Byline: Richard Craver
Dec. 2--The Triad's unemployment rate increased for the first time in four months during October, rising to 4.5 percent from 4.3 percent in September, the N.C. Employment Security Commission reported yesterday.
Employment officials said that the Triad's metropolitan statistical area had a net gain of 5,100 jobs during October, including 2,500 in government, 1,500 in educational and health services and 1,300 in professional and business services
But the increase in jobs was offset by a rise in new unemployment claims, especially by former manufacturing workers who have exhausted their initial benefits. The region also lost 200 …