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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker says the state's effort to reduce unemployment is being hurt because the state is attracting jobless people.

The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/184IShS ) that Decker says the state is also suffering because of a gap between the skills workers have and the skills employers require.

Decker told a Charlotte women's commercial real estate group Tuesday the state has had problems lowering its 8.3 percent unemployment rate because North Carolina attracts people looking for work.

She says the state will have to take several approaches to solve the problems. Decker pointed out that rural areas have different problems than the Charlotte and Research Triangle Park areas.

North Carolina is creating a public-private partnership to take over efforts to market the state to companies seeking to move.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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