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County jobless rate still in double digits

The jobs outlook in Halifax County brightened slightly in August, but unemployment rates here remain in the double digits.


The jobless rate decreased two-tenths of a percent falling from July’s rate of 10.3 percent to 10.1 percent in August, according to the latest Virginia Employment Commission data released Wednesday.

Some 14,011 county residents were employed out of a total labor force of 15,582. The VEC said 1,571 county residents were looking for jobs during the month.

Halifax County’s jobless rate in August a year ago stood at 11.8 percent, according to VEC archive data.

A total of 250,123 Virginians was looking for jobs out of a total state workforce of 4,333,724, according to VEC data.

Virginia’s rate is 5.8 percent, 2.4 percentage points lower than the national jobless rate of 8.2 percent.

Nationwide 12,696,000 Americans were unemployed in August out of a total work force of 155,255,000, according to figures released.

VEC data showed most unemployment rates in all neighboring Virginia counties decreased slightly in August.

Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate decreased to 10.3 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from July’s 10.4 percent.

Charlotte County’s rate also decreased to 8.3 percent, down seven-tenths of a percentage point from July’s 9 percent.

Campbell County’s rate decreased to 5.9 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from July’s 6.1 percent.

The City of Danville’s jobless rate decreased to 11 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from July’s 11.4 percent, VEC officials said.

Pittsylvania County’s rate for June also decreased to 7.2 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from July’s 7.6 percent.

Martinsville’s jobless rate decreased to 15.9 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from July’s 16.3 percent.

The VEC reported Henry County’s rate decreased to 10.1, down two-tenths of a percentage point from July’s rate of 10.3 percent.

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

 A total of 11 Virginia jurisdictions had double-digit unemployment in August, VEC officials said.
Counties with the highest unemployment rate in July included Martinsville at 15.9 percent; Williamsburg, 12.7 percent; Emporia, 12.2 percent; Petersburg, 11.3 percent; Franklin City, 11.2 percent; Brunswick County, 11.1 percent; Danville, 11 percent; Lexington City, 10.7 percent; Mecklenburg County, 10.3 percent; Halifax County, 10.1 percent; and Henry County 10.1 percent.