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Halifax adds jobs as unemployment hits 5 percent / February 08, 2018

Halifax County saw an uptick in the number of jobs at the end of the year as the local unemployment rate in December fell to an even 5 percent.

The rate was 5.1 percent in November.

From October to December, the county gained 65 jobs, bringing the employment level of Halifax County to 14,021 persons by the end of the year. Eligible workers without jobs and filing for unemployment benefits numbered 744.

Halifax’s labor pool also grew in the final three months of the year, by 60 workers, to 14,765. The bump in the size of the workforce ran counter to the recent trend of a shrinking local labor pool with people retiring or giving up the search for work entirely.

The month of December saw encouraging news on the jobs front across much of Southside Virginia.

In Mecklenburg County, joblessness fell from 5.3 percent in November to 5.0 percent in December, and the county added 24 net jobs during the month.

In Brunswick County, the overall number of jobs and available workers was unchanged in December. In Charlotte County, 167 workers joined the labor force in December and 188 new jobs were created. Charlotte County saw the steepest drop in unemployment in December, plunging to 4.0 percent from 4.6 percent in November.

Elsewhere in Southside Virginia, Lunenburg County’s jobless rate slid to 3.8 down from 4.1 percent the month before. Pittsylvania County’s jobless numbers dropped from 4.3 percent in November to 4.0 percent in December.

Statewide the unemployment rate fell from at 3.6 to 3.4 percent between November and December, but remained fixed at 3.9 percent nationally. The seasonally unadjusted jobs data was released Tuesday by the Virginia Employment Commission.

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