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Halifax County jobless rate inches up in December

Unemployment in Halifax County inched up slightly from December to January, according to the latest Virginia Employment Commission data released Wednesday.

The job market in Halifax County declined in December with the unemployment rate increasing to 9.4 percent in December, according to statistics recently released by the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC). That represents a rate five-tenths of a percentage point higher than the November non-seasonally adjusted rate of 8.9 percent.

A total of 15,264 county residents were employed out of a total labor force of 16,841. The VEC said 1,577 county residents were looking for jobs during the month.

Halifax County’s jobless rate in December 2010 was 10.9 percent, according to VEC archive data.

Virginia’s unadjusted jobless rate was 6.1 percent in December, up four-tenths of a percentage point from November’s 5.7 percent rate.

A total of 257,033 Virginians was looking for jobs out of the total state workforce of 4,231,916, according to VEC data. A total of 3,974,883 Virginians was employed in November.

Virginia’s rate is 2.2 percentage points lower than the national jobless rate of 8.3 percent.

Nationwide, 12,692,000 Americans were unemployed in December out of a total work force of 153,373,000, according to figures released.

VEC data showed unemployment rates in neighboring Virginia counties also were higher in December.

Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate increased to 9.3 percent, an increase of five-tenths of a percentage point from November’s 8.8 percent.

Charlotte County’s rate increases to 8.3 percent, up five-tenths of a percentage point from November’s 7.8 percent rate.

Campbell County’s rate increased three-tenths of a percentage point from 5.8 percent in November to 6.1 percent in December.

The City of Danville’s jobless rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point in December, VEC officials said. Danville’s rate for December was 10 percent, up from 9.8 percent in November.

Pittsylvania County’s rate for December rose to 8.2 percent, up five-tenths of a percentage point from November’s 7.7 percent.

Martinsville’s jobless rate rose to 16.7 percent in December, up 1.1 percent from November’s 15.6 percent.

The VEC reported Henry County’s rate rose three-tenths of a percentage point from 10.1 percent in November to 10.4 percent in December.

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

A total of 10 Virginia jurisdictions had double-digit unemployment in December, VEC officials said.