- Last Updated on 12:26 AM 05/04/12
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
The jobless rate improved in Halifax County in March as the unemployment rate fell to 9 percent, eight-tenths of a percent lower than the 9.8 percent jobless rate in February, according to the latest Virginia Employment Commission data released Wednesday.
A total of 14,636 county residents were employed out of a total labor force of 16,067. The VEC said 1,431 county residents were looking for jobs during the month.
Halifax County’s jobless rate in March 2011 was 10.5 percent, according to VEC archive data.
Virginia’s unadjusted jobless rate was 5.7 percent in March, down four-tenths of a percentage point from February’s 6.1 percent rate.
A total of 247,477 Virginians was looking for jobs out of the total state workforce of 4,328,420, according to VEC data.
Virginia’s rate is 2.7 percentage points lower than the national jobless rate of 8.4 percent.
Nationwide, 12,904,000 Americans were unemployed in March out of a total work force of 154,316,000, according to figures released.
VEC data showed unemployment rates in neighboring Virginia counties all decreased in March.
Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate decreased to 9.5 percent, down eight-tenths of a percentage point from February’s 10.3 percent.
Charlotte County’s rate decreased to 8.3 percent, down six-tenths of a percentage point from February’s 8.9 percent rate.
Campbell County’s rate decreased to 6.1 percent, two-tenths of a percentage point from February’s 6.3 percent.
The City of Danville’s jobless rate decreased five-tenths of a percent in March to 10.1 percent, down from February’s 10.6 percent, VEC officials said.
Pittsylvania County’s rate for March decreased to 7.2 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from February’s 7.6 percent.
Martinsville’s jobless rate also decreased to 15.6 percent, 1.1 percentage point down from a high of 16.7 percent in February.
The VEC reported Henry County’s rate decreased to 9.9 percent, eight-tenths of a percentage point from February’s 10.7 percent.
Martinsville continues its hold on the highest rate of unemployment in the commonwealth.
A total of eight Virginia jurisdictions had double-digit unemployment in March, VEC officials said.
Counties with the highest unemployment rate included Martinsville, 15.6 percent; Williamsburg, 14.1 percent; Brunswick County, 10 percent; Danville, 10.1 percent, Emporia and Lexington, both at 10.9 percent, Page County, 10. 8 percent, and Petersburg, 11.5 percent.