RALEIGH – Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate decreased from 9.7 percent in August to 9.1 percent in September, according to statistics released Nov. 2 by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Mecklenburg reported a 10.5 percent jobless rate in September 2011.

Some 44,668 residents of the 492,405-person workforce were out of work in September.

Unemployment rates decreased in 97 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, including Iredell and Lincoln, in September.