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County residents find more jobs in April

More people continued to find jobs in Halifax County in April as the jobs outlook brightened, with the unemployment rate decreasing to 8.5 percent, two-tenths of a percent lower than the 8.7 percent rate in March, according to the latest Virginia Employment Commission data released Wednesday.

Some 14,314 county residents were employed out of a total labor force of 15,652. The VEC said 1,338 county residents continued to look for jobs during April.

Halifax County’s jobless rate in April a year ago stood at 8.7 percent, according to VEC archive data.

A total of 210,574 Virginians was looking for jobs in April out of a total state workforce of 4,217,840, according to VEC data.

Virginia’s rate is 5 percent, 2.1 percentage points lower than the national jobless rate of 7.1 percent.

Nationwide 11,014,000 Americans were unemployed in April out of a total work force of 154,739,000, according to figures released Wednesday.

VEC data showed unemployment rates in neighboring Virginia counties fluctuated in April with some showing a decrease and others reflecting increases.

Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate increased to 9.2 percent, up one-tenth of a percent from March’s 9.1 percent.

Charlotte County’s rate decreased four-tenths of a percent to 6.7 percent point, down from March’s unemployment rate of 7.1 percent.

Campbell County’s rate decreased three-tenths of a percent to 5.1 percent in April, down from the 5.4 percent rate in March.

The City of Danville’s jobless rate increased seven-tenths of a percent to 9.8 percent, up from March’s rate of 9.1 percent, VEC officials said.

Pittsylvania County’s rate for April decreased to 6.0 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the 6.2 percent reported in March.

Martinsville’s jobless rate also increased to 15 percent in April, up six-tenths of a  percent from March’s 14.4 percent.

The VEC reported Henry County’s rate decreased to 8.7 percent, down two-tenths of a percent from the 8.9 percent reported in March.

Martinsville continues its hold on the highest rate of unemployment in the commonwealth.

A total of four Virginia jurisdictions had double-digit unemployment in April, VEC officials said.


Counties and cities with the highest unemployment rate in April included Emporia at 10 percent; Petersburg at 10.4 percent; Williamsburg at 10.6 percent; and Martinsville at 15 percent.