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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted May 2022 unemployment rate was 3.4%, remaining unchanged from April’s revised rate, according to a report from the N.C. Department of Commerce. The national rate remained unchanged at 3.6%.

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JenCon Builders, LLC, a Monroe-based general contractor, has acquired SEC General Contractors, according to a release from the business. The purchase of SEC is part of the firm’s “strategic plan for expansion and adds a team well versed in construction of office, retail, and industrial space…

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Gasoline prices have soared to new heights in Union County and far beyond. The cheapest gas price in Union County has reached an all-time high of $4.45 per gallon of unleaded as of Tuesday (June 8) afternoon, with the best price available in UC listed at Valero (715 E Franklin St.) in Monroe…

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RALEIGH — Dymax Corporation, a global chemical and plastics manufacturer, will open a new manufacturing center and create 227 jobs in Union County, Governor Roy Cooper announced on Friday (June 3). The company will invest $46.7 million in the City of Monroe.

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MONROE — Union County’s unemployment rate remains under 3%, which is among the lowest in the state. An unemployment rate between 4% and 6% is considered “healthy,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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A study by Quicken Loans on the hottest real-estate markets in the nation found that two of the top 10 were in the Tar Heel state. Raleigh came in at No. 3, and Charlotte at No. 9 in the 2022 rankings.

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MONROE — Local couple Adam and Cullen Tsiukes are year-round travelers in search of food. This July, they will fulfill a dream when they open their new restaurant: Chub’s Grub Hub, located at 354 E. Franklin St.

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MONROE — The cheapest price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in Union County has matched its all-time high of $4.19, according to data compiled by Gasbuddy.com. Gas prices are up $1.40 per gallon since the beginning of 2022 — the cheapest price in UC was $2.79 on Jan. 2.

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted April 2022 unemployment rate was 3.4%, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from March’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 3.6%.

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INDIAN TRAIL — Dr. Jennifer Hause had to work her way up through several physical therapy companies to achieve a dream of starting her practice. Fortunately, her goal was accomplished in February, followed by a grand opening ceremony on May 7. The ceremony included a surprise visit from Indi…

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INDIAN TRAIL — New residents ask what it is, but locals ask if it’s still open. These are two questions about the Crystal Shoppe that have clear answers.

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MARSHVILLE — JL Elite Feed & Seed, a locally owned-and-operated business that opened in September of 2020, will host its second annual Expo event at the Union County Agricultural & Conference Center at 3230-D Presson Rd. in Monroe. It is their first in-person event following the afte…

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STALLINGS — Cheryl Saffles woke up around 2 a.m. on March 15 with contractions. Things were progressing quickly, and by 3 a.m. the nurse from her OB/GYN practice told her to make her way to the hospital. While Saffles’ husband, Jon, packed the car, she called her mom, who was staying at a ne…

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MONROE — The unemployment rate in Union County dropped to 2.8% in March of 2022, down from 3.0% the month before, according to a report from the N.C. Department of Commerce.

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SALISBURY — Food Lion announced on April 27 it had expanded education assistance programs including tuition reimbursement for all part-time and full-time associates, an increase in tuition reimbursement for full-time associates and discounted degree programs at 15 education providers.

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examiners has announced that it approved 125 individuals for the North Carolina CPA licensure on April 21, 2022.

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Diesel prices reached a new average all-time high of $5.16 per gallon in the United States on Friday (April 29), surpassing the previous record of $5.15 per gallon set on March 10, according to GasBuddy. Diesel prices are now $1 per gallon higher than gasoline prices, surpassing the previous…

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MONROE — The cheapest gas price in Union County has increased for the first time in six weeks, according to GasBuddy.com. The cheapest price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in the County as of Monday (April 25) was $3.63 at four locations in Indian Trail: Circle K (13719 Independence Blvd.…

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MONROE — South Piedmont Community College’s Small Business Center is hosting the third annual “53 Ideas Pitch Competition,” an initiative that began in 2020 with support from Fifth Third Bank to provide anyone with an idea access to the capital, training and social connections needed to take…

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Tyson Foods has donated fresh and frozen protein to Feed My Lambs food pantry, supporting its newest Community Pantry Program (CPP) partner with 40,000 pounds, or more than 160,000 meals, for local families.

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Movement Mortgage has laid off about 170 employees from its Indian Land, S.C. office as part of larger company-wide layoffs.

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Author, professor, and lover of children’s literature, Dr. Mark West has announced the release of The Peeve and the Grudge and Other Preposterous Poems published by Charlotte-based Warren Publishing.

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CHARLOTTE — SCORE Charlotte has announced a rise in volume among the volunteer mentors who donate their time and expertise to help entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in helping strengthen the local economy.

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MONROE — The cheapest gas price available in Union County peaked at $4.19 per gallon in March of 2022, but has steadily dropped since then. The best price for a gallon of unleaded gas in Union County is $3.60 per gallon at Murphy USA (14049 Independence Blvd.) in Indian Trail as of Monday (A…

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MONROE — The Inn at Rosehill and Rosehill Stables offers a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of life as well as space to celebrate special occasions.

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MONROE — The annual Downtown Art Walk will be held Friday, April 8, from 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 9, from 10-2. The event will feature jewelry makers, potters, sculptors and visual artists and concludes with a concert by Union Symphony Orchestra — Art, Music, and Film.

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MONROE — The Union Market Pop-Up returns this Saturday, April, in downtown Monroe from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Main Street and Stewart Street.

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MARSHVILLE — A new thrift store opened its doors in downtown Marshville on Saturday (March 26). Operation Save Marketplace held a ribbon cutting to celebrate its grand opening with help from the Marshville Chamber of Commerce.

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MONROE — Two weeks ago, there wasn’t a station in Union County selling gasoline any cheaper than $4.09 per gallon of unleaded, according to gasbuddy.com; since then, the cheapest gas in the County has dropped by 27 cents per gallon.