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SOL test scores: Mixed bag

Halifax makes the grade half of the time with passing rates, but dropoffs outnumber gains

Judge nixes lawsuit by motorsports instructor

Case dismissed after Wilborn contested firing

Jobless rate rises to 8.8 percent in July

Halifax County’s unemployment rate jumped from 8.3 percent in June to 8.8 percent in July. Over 900 people left the labor force, which numbered 15,974 in June, but fell to…

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Comets fall in opener to Jefferson Forest

A quick, athletic Jefferson Forest squad proved too potent offensively for the Halifax County High School varsity football squad Friday night, speeding past the Comets, 50-30, in South Boston.

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Employment picture brightens in February

SoVaNow.com / April 16, 2014


Unemployment fell in Mecklenburg County during February as the topline jobless rate clocked in at an even nine percent, down from January’s 9.3 percent

The county showed an increase in the number of jobs: a gain of 55, bringing total employment in Mecklenburg County to 11,065 positions. The size of the civilian labor force remained steady, dropping by seven persons.

In February 2013, Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate was 10.2 percent, a full percentage point higher than the same period in 2014. A year ago, 1,291 people were job hunting, compared to only 1,098 looking for work this February.

Mecklenburg was not the only area of Southside Virginia to witness improvement on the jobs front. To the west, Halifax County’s unemployment rate dropped from 9.1 percent in January to an 8.7 percent in February.

Charlotte County also saw its jobless rate fall in February — to 7.3 percent, down a tick from the January rate of 7.4 percent.

Both Lunenburg and Brunswick Counties saw their jobless rates drop. In Lunenburg the February rate dipped to 7.1 in February, down from 7.2 in January. Brunswick’s rate declined from 9.8 in January to 9.4 in February.

The statewide jobless rate of 5.3 percent and the national unemployment rate of 7.0 percent were unchanged over the period from January to February.

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