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Economy rebounds as jobs return in August / October 08, 2020

Halifax County experienced a jobs bounce back in August as the county’s unemployment rate fell to 6.5 percent, down from 8.1 percent the month before.

The Virginia Employment Commission reported that Halifax County added 348 jobs during the month of August, reclaiming some of the lost ground from when the state shut down in the spring in response to the pandemic, costing hundreds of thousands of jobs across the state.

There were also 241 fewer workers in Halifax County filing for unemployment insurance benefits during August, and the active labor pool expanded in size — by 108 workers.

Halifax County’s economic rebound from July to August was more robust than most of its neighbors, where jobs came back slowly and the size of the workforce either barely budged or shrank.

In Mecklenburg County, for instance, the official unemployment rate fell from 8.2 percent in July to 6.5 percent in August. But unlike Halifax, with its 348 new jobs, Mecklenburg added only 13. The declining unemployment rate was mostly the result of a workforce that contracted in size, with 212 workers exiting the labor pool.

In similar fashion, Brunswick County lost 130 workers and eight jobs between July and August. Its jobless rate fell 0.3 percent during that period, in part due to 122 people dropping off the local unemployment rolls.

Unemployment figures for other area localities in August are as follows:

» 5.3 percent unemployment in Charlotte County, down from 6.6 percent in July

» 5.6 percent unemployment in Lunenburg County, down from 6.3 percent in July

» 6.0 percent unemployment in Pittsylvania County, down from 7.7 percent in July

» 9.6 unemployment in the City of Danville, down from 11.8 percent in July.

The unadjusted August unemployment rate in the United States was 8.5 percent, and in Virginia it was 6.3 percent.

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