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Halifax county jobless rate up again

Halifax County’s unemployment rate rose to 13.1 percent in August, according to statistics released by the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).

That represents a rate one-half of a percentage point higher than the July non-seasonally adjusted rate of 12.6 percent. A total of 13,868 county residents were employed out of a total labor force of 15,956. The VEC said 2,088 county residents were looking for jobs during the month.

Halifax County’s jobless rate in August 2009 also was 13.1 percent, according to VEC archive data.

Virginia’s unadjusted jobless rate was 7 percent in August, up one-tenth of a percent from the July rate. A total of 293,477 Virginians were looking for jobs out of the total state workforce of 4,202,108, according to VEC data. A total of 3,908,631 Virginians were employed in July.

Virginia’s rate is 2.6 percentage points lower than the national jobless rate of 9.5 percent.

Nationwide, 14,759,000 Americans were unemployed in August out of a total work force of 154,678,000, according to figures released.

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

Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate increased to 11.9 percent in August, up from the 11.7 July rate.

Charlotte County’s rate improved to 9.6 percent, down from 9.9 percent in July.

Campbell County’s rate improved slightly in August to 7.4 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the 7.5 percent July rate.

The City of Danville’s jobless rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point in August, VEC officials said. Danville’s rate for August was 14 percent, up from the 13.8 percent July rate.

Pittsylvania County’s rate for August rose three-tenths of a percentage point to 11.3 percent. The July jobless rate in Pittsylvania County was 11 percent.

Martinsville continued its hold on the highest unemployment rate in Virginia in August. Martinsville’s rate actually improved two-tenths of a percentage point to 20.3 percent, down from the July rate of 20.5 percent.

The VEC reported Henry County’s rate rose one-half of a percentage point in August to 14 percent, up from the July rate of 13.5 percent.

Arlington County continued its hold on the lowest jobless rate in the state. Arlington County’s unemployment for August was 4.1 percent. A total of 29 Virginia jurisdictions had double-digit unemployment in August, VEC officials said.