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Halifax County jobless rate continues slide

SoVaNow.com / January 09, 2014


Halifax County’s jobless rate subsided to 8.3 percent in November 2013, the lowest mark since the onset of the recession in late 2008.

County unemployment was down from an even 9 percent in October. In the comparable period last year, November 2012, the unemployment rate hovered at 8.8 percent.

The brightened top-line number masks some troubling developments in the local job market, however. Even though the unemployment rate was lower in November 2013 than the year before, Halifax County actually had fewer people on the job — 14,248 this year, compared to 14,311 in November 2012.

The declining rate was due to a shrinking pool of workers — defined as people who either are employed or are actively seeking work.

The civilian work force fell to 15,542 people, down by 148 persons from the month before.

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In Mecklenburg County, the unemployment rate dropped to 8.9 percent in November, down from the October rate of 9.3 percent. Like Halifax, Mecklenburg’s active labor pool shrank — by 76 workers.

Brunswick County’s un employment rate was 9.6 percent in November, down from 9.9 percent in October. Brunswick had the highest unemployment rate among Virginia counties during the month.

In Charlotte County, the November jobless rate was 6.7 percent, down from 7.2 percent in October.

In Pittsylvania County, unemployment was 6.0 percent, down from 6.3 percent in October.

The November jobless rate in the City of Danville was 7.8 percent, compared to 8.6 percent in October.

For the state of Virginia, the jobless rate dropped by one-half of a percentage point in November, going from October’s 5.5 percent to an even 5 percent in November.

Across the nation the unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 in November, down from October’s rate of an even seven percent.

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