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County jobless rate continues to improve in November

The jobless rate in Halifax County continued to improve in November as residents continued to search for jobs, but the unemployment rate dropped below double digits. 

The unemployment rate improved to 8.3 percent, down from 8.9 percent in October, according to the latest Virginia Employment Commission data released Tuesday.

Some 14,248 county residents were employed out of a total labor force of 15,542. The VEC said 1,294 county residents continued to look for jobs during November.

Halifax County’s jobless rate in November a year ago stood at 8.8 percent, according to VEC archive data.

A total of 210,576 Virginians was looking for jobs in November out of a total state workforce of 4,203,418, according to VEC data.

Virginia’s rate is 5 percent, 1.6 percentage points lower than the national jobless rate of 6.6 percent.

Nationwide 10,271,000 Americans were unemployed in November out of a total work force of 155,046,000, according to figures released Tuesday.

VEC data showed unemployment rates in most neighboring Virginia counties also decreased during November with Martinsville having the highest jobless rate — 13.7 percent —  in the commonwealth.

Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate in November decreased to 8.9 percent, down from October’s 9.4 percent rate.

Charlotte County’s rate decreased to 6.7 percent in November, down from 7.2 percent in October.

Campbell County’s rate also decreased to 5.1 percent in November, down from 5.5 percent in October.

The City of Danville’s jobless rate in November decreased to 7.8 percent, down from 8.6 percent in October, VEC officials said.

Pittsylvania County’s rate for November decreased to 6 percent, down slightly from October’s 6.3 percent.

However, Martinsville’s jobless rate increased to 13.7 percent, up 1.2 percent from the 12.5 percent rate in October.

The VEC reported Henry County’s rate decreased to 7.4 percent in November, down a half of percent from the 7.9 percent in October. 

Only two Virginia jurisdictions had double-digit unemployment in November, VEC officials said including Martinsville at 13.7 percent and Williamsburg at 11.2 percent.