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More finding jobs in Halifax; unemployment rate drops

The jobs outlook in Halifax County continued to show slight improvement in October.

The jobless rate decreased four-tenths of a point falling from September’s rate of 9.1 percent to 8.7 percent, according to the latest Virginia Employment Commission data released Wednesday.

Some 15,001 county residents were employed out of a total labor force of 16,428. The VEC said 1,427 county residents were looking for jobs during that month.

Halifax County’s jobless rate in October a year ago stood at 10.1 percent, according to VEC archive data.

A total of 234,284 Virginians was looking for jobs in October out of a total state workforce of 4,359,178, according to VEC data.

Virginia’s rate is 5.4 percent, 2.1 percentage points lower than the national jobless rate of 7.5 percent.

Nationwide 11,741,000 Americans were unemployed in October out of a total work force of 155,779,000, according to figures released Wednesday.

VEC data showed unemployment rates in all neighboring Virginia counties decreased slightly or remained the same in October.

Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate decreased to 9.0 percent, down two-tenths of a percent from September’s 9.2 percent.

Charlotte County’s rate also decreased to 7.4 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from September’s 7.8 percent.

Campbell County’s rate decreased to 5.2 percent, down sixth-tenths of a percentage point from September’s 5.8 percent.

The City of Danville’s jobless rate decreased to 9.3 percent, down seven-tenths of a percent from September’s 10 percent, VEC officials said.

Pittsylvania County’s rate for October remained the same as September’s rate at 6.7 percent.

Martinsville’s jobless rate decreased to 14.8 percent, down one-tenth of a percent from September’s 14.9 percent.

The VEC reported Henry County’s rate decreased to 9.3 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from September’s rate of 9.4 percent.

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

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

Counties with the highest unemployment rate in October included Martinsville at 14.8 percent; Williamsburg, 12.3 percent; Emporia, 11.2 percent; Franklin City, 10.2 percent; Lexington City, 10.3 percent; and Petersburg, 10.1 percent.