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Unemployment outlook grows bleaker

Even fewer people were able to find jobs in Halifax County during June than May as the jobs outlook grew bleaker. 

The unemployment rate increased from 9.2 percent in May to 10 percent in June, eight-tenths of a percent higher, according to the latest Virginia Employment Commission data released Tuesday.

Some 14,294 county residents were employed out of a total labor force of 15,884. The VEC said 1,590 county residents continued to look for jobs during June.

Halifax County’s jobless rate in June a year ago stood at 9.6 percent, according to VEC archive data.

A total of 254,051 Virginians was looking for jobs in June out of a total state workforce of 4,264,804, according to VEC data.

Virginia’s rate is 6 percent, 1.8 percentage points lower than the national jobless rate of 7.8 percent.

Nationwide 12,248,000 Americans were unemployed in June out of a total work force of 157,089,000, according to figures released Tuesday.

VEC data showed unemployment rates in neighboring Virginia counties all increased in June with the exception of Martinsville which decreased slightly but still managed to have the highest jobless rate in the commonwealth.

Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate in June increased to 10.5 percent, up five-tenths of a percent from May’s 10 percent.

Charlotte County’s rate increased nine-tenths of a percent to 8.7 percent point, up from May’s unemployment rate of 7.8 percent.

Campbell County’s rate increased four-tenths of a percent to 6.3 percent in June, up from the 5.9 percent rate in May.

The City of Danville’s jobless rate in June increased eight-tenths of a percent to 11.1 percent, up from May’s rate of 10.3 percent, VEC officials said.

Pittsylvania County’s rate for June increased to 6.8 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage points from the 6.6 percent reported in May.

Martinsville’s jobless rate decreased to 14 percent in June, down eight-tenths of a percent from May’s 14.8 percent.

The VEC reported Henry County’s rate increased to 9.3 percent, up two-tenths of a percent from the 9.1 percent reported in May.

A total of 11 Virginia jurisdictions had double-digit unemployment in June, VEC officials said.

Counties and cities with the highest unemployment rate in May included Halifax at 10 percent; Prince Edward at 10.2 percent; Brunswick at 10.4 percent; Mecklenburg at 10.5 percent; Petersburg at 10.8 percent; Danville at 11.1 percent; Emporia at 11.1 percent; Dickenson at 11.5 percent; Williamsburg at 12.3 percent; Lexington at 12.5 percent; and Martinsville at 14 percent.