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County jobless rate shows improvement in February

The jobless rate in Halifax County dropped by  four-tenths of a point in February as more residents were able to find jobs. The county’s unemployment rate continues to remain below double digits. 

The unemployment rate decreased to 8.7 percent, down from the 9.1 percent rate in January, according to the latest Virginia Employment Commission data released Friday.

Some 14,369 county residents were employed out of a total labor force of 15,737. The VEC said 1,368 county residents continued to look for jobs during February.

Halifax County’s jobless rate in February a year ago stood at 9.3 percent, according to VEC archive data.

A total of 224,885 Virginians was looking for jobs in February out of a total state workforce of 4,277,372, according to VEC data.

Virginia’s rate is 5.3 percent, 1.7 percentage points lower than the national jobless rate of 7 percent.

Nationwide 10,893,000 Americans were unemployed in February out of a total workforce of 155,027,000, according to figures released Friday.

VEC data showed unemployment rates in many neighboring Virginia counties also decreased during February with Martinsville having the highest jobless rate — 11.4 percent —  in the commonwealth.

Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate in February decreased to 9 percent, down from January’s 9.3 percent.

Charlotte County’s rate decreased to 7.3 percent in February, down from 7.5 percent in January.

Campbell County’s rate remained the same at 5.6 percent in February, showing no change from January’s rate.

The City of Danville’s jobless rate in February decreased to 8.3 percent, down from 8.8 percent in January, VEC officials said.

Pittsylvania County’s rate for February decreased to 6.6 percent, down from January’s 6.9 percent.

Martinsville’s jobless rate remained at 11.4 percent, the same as it was in January.

The VEC reported Henry County’s rate decreased to 8.6 percent in February, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.8 percent in January.  

Five Virginia jurisdictions had double-digit unemployment in February, VEC officials said including Northumberland at 10.3 percent, Covington at 10.7 percent, Lancaster County at 10.8 percent, Page County at 10.8 percent and Martinsville at 11.4 percent.