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Halifax County jobless rate remains same at 8.7 percent

The jobs outlook in Halifax County remained the same in November as it was in October, holding its own at 8.7 percent, according to the latest Virginia Employment Commission data released Tuesday.

Some 14,923 county residents were employed out of a total labor force of 16,338. The VEC said 1,415 county residents were looking for jobs during that month.

Halifax County’s jobless rate in November a year ago stood at 9.6 percent, according to VEC archive data.

A total of 228,158 Virginians was looking for jobs in November out of a total state workforce of 4,332,173, according to VEC data.

Virginia’s rate is 5.3 percent, 2.1 percentage points lower than the national jobless rate of 7.4 percent.

Nationwide 11,404,000 Americans were unemployed in November out of a total work force of 154,953,000, according to figures released Tuesday.

VEC data showed some unemployment rates in neighboring Virginia counties decreased slightly, some increased while others remained the same in November.

Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate decreased to 8.9 percent, down one-tenth of a percent from October’s 9 percent.

Charlotte County’s rate also decreased to 7.2 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from October’s 7.4 percent.

Campbell County’s rate remained the same as in October at 5.2 percent.

The City of Danville’s jobless rate increased to 9.5 percent, up two-tenths of a percent from October’s 9.3 percent, VEC officials said.

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

Martinsville’s jobless rate increased to 15.7 percent, up nine-tenths of a percent from October’s 14.8 percent.

The VEC reported Henry County’s rate remained the same as in October at 9.3 percent.

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

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

Counties and cities with the highest unemployment rate in November included Martinsville at 15.7 percent; Williamsburg, 12.4 percent; Emporia, 11.2 percent; Lexington City, 10.4 percent; and Petersburg, 10.1 percent.