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Halifax County Jobless Rate Shows Slight Improvement In May

Halifax County’s unemployment rate improved slightly to 11.7 percent in May, according to statistics released by the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).    That represents a rate one-tenth of a percentage point lower than the April non-seasonally adjusted rate of 11.8 percent. This represents 14,380 county residents employed out of a total labor force of 16,288. The VEC said 1,908 county residents were looking for jobs during the month.

Halifax County’s jobless rate in May 2009 was 11.5 percent, according to VEC archive data.

Virginia’s unadjusted jobless rate was 6.9 percent in May, an increase of two-tenths of a percentage point from the unadjusted 6.7 percent April rate. A total of 288,514 Virginians were looking for jobs out of the total state workforce of 4,189,493, according to VEC data. A total of 3,900,979 Virginians were employed in May.

Virginia’s rate is 2.4 percentage points lower than the national jobless rate of 9.3 percent.

Nationwide, 14,369,000 Americans were unemployed in May out of a total work force of 153,866,000, according to figures released.

VEC data showed unemployment rates in neighboring Virginia counties generally were mixed in May.

Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate was unchanged in May remaining steady at the 11.7 percent April rate.

Charlotte County’s rate rose to 9.2 percent, up from 9 percent in April.

Campbell County’s rate rose six-tenths of a percentage point to 7.5 percent. Campbell County jobless rate for April was 6.9 percent.

The City of Danville’s jobless rate improved one-tenth of a percentage point in May, VEC officials said. Danville’s rate for May was 13.5 percent, down from 13.6 percent in April.

Pittsylvania County’s rate for May rose three-tenths of a percentage point to 10.6 percent. The April jobless rate in Pittsylvania County was 10.3 percent.

Martinsville’s unemployment rate actually improved in May, falling one and four-tenths percentage points to 20.3 percent, down from the April rate of 21.7 percent.

The VEC reported Henry County’s rate improved one-tenth of a percentage point in May to 14.2 percent, down from the April rate of 14.3 percent.

Arlington County continued its hold on the lowest jobless rate in the state. Arlington County’s unemployment for May was 4.3 percent. A total of 24 Virginia jurisdictions had double-digit unemployment in March, VEC officials said.