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Halifax County jobless rate climbs to 8.3 percent

SoVaNow.com / July 31, 2014
Unemployment figures for the nation, the state and local areas all increased in the month of June over those of May. Nationwide the jobless rate jumped to 6.3 percent in June, up from 6.1 in May while the state rate rose to 5.4 percent, up from 5.3 in May.

Halifax County was no exception with its unemployment rate increasing from 8.0 in May to 8.3 in June with 54 more people (1,331) unemployed in June than the 1277 who had been job hunting in May. However, even with the increase, the monthly 2014 June rate was well below that of June 2013 when the rate of 9.0 percent included 255 more people (1,586) looking for work than in June of this year.

The same was true for neighboring Mecklenburg County where the jobless rate went from 8.8 percent in May to an even 9.0 in June as 1,092 members of the county’s civilian labor force sought work. In June of 2013 Mecklenburg had a jobless rate of 10.5 percent with 1316 people seeking work.

Charlotte County’s rate also jumped in June to an even 8 percent, up from the May rate of 7.3.

Both the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County saw their rates jump with Danville going from 9.7 percent in May to 9.8 in June and Pittsylvania County rising from 6.5 percent in May to 6.6 percent in June.

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