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Outlook dims on jobs front in Halifax County

The jobs outlook in Halifax County dimmed in June. The jobless rate increased to 9.3 percent here, seven-tenths of a percentage higher than the 8.6 percent rate reported in May, according to the latest Virginia Employment Commission data released Wednesday.

Some 14,939 county residents were employed out of a total labor force of 16,473. The VEC said 1,534 county residents were looking for jobs during the month.

Halifax County’s jobless rate in June a year ago stood at 10.7 percent, according to VEC archive data.

A total of 262,768 Virginians was looking for jobs out of a total state workforce of 4,377,908, according to VEC data.

Virginia’s rate is 6 percent, 2.4 percentage points lower than the national jobless rate of 8.4 percent.

Nationwide 13,184,000 Americans were unemployed in June out of a total work force of 156,385,000, according to figures released.

VEC data showed most unemployment rates in neighboring Virginia counties increased, while only one decreased in June.

Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate increased to 9.9 percent, up seven-tenths of a percentage point from May’s 9.2 percent.

Charlotte County’s rate also increased to 8.8 percent, up seven-tenths of a percentage point from May’s 8.1 percent.

Campbell County’s rate also went up to 6.3 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from May’s 5.9 percent.

The City of Danville’s jobless rate increased to 11.1 percent, up seven-tenths of a percentage point from May’s 10.4 percent, VEC officials said.

Pittsylvania County’s rate for June also increased to 7.2 percent, up five-tenths of a percentage point from May’s 6.7 percent.

Martinsville’s jobless rate decreased to 14.2 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from May’s 14.4 percent.

The VEC reported Henry County’s rate increased to 9.8 percent, up five-tenths of a percentage point from May’s rate of 9.3 percent.

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

Eight Virginia jurisdictions had double-digit unemployment in June, VEC officials said.

Counties with the highest unemployment rate in June included Martinsville at 14.2 percent, Lexington City, 13.1 percent; Williamsburg, 13 percent; Petersburg, 11.9 percent; Emporia, 11.5 percent; Danville, 11.1 percent; Brunswick County, 10.5 percent; and Franklin City, 10.4 percent.