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Halifax County jobless rate continues summer ascent

SoVaNow.com / August 29, 2013




After a marked downturn in the spring, unemployment in Halifax County is back above 10 percent — virtually no improvement from the same time last year.

The Virginia Employment Commission reported yesterday that Halifax County’s jobless rate topped out at 10.4 percent in July, up four-tenths from the June rate of 10 percent. In July 2012, unemployment in Halifax County stood at 10.5 percent.

The local jobs picture deteriorated at the same time national and state unemployment numbers improved slightly. Across Southside, the trend was towards gradual healing of the labor market, with exceptions.

The bump in Halifax County’s unemployment rate was entirely the result of a sharp contraction in the labor pool, generally a sign of overall poor job prospects. The number of unemployed in July was 1,581, little changed from 1,583 persons in June, but the local civilian labor force shrank sharply. There were 15,133 members of the civilian labor force in July, down from 15,879 in June.

Halifax County had 13,552 workers on the job in July, 744 fewer than in June, when there were 14,296 employed locally.

Last year, there were an additional 120 persons who were employed in Halifax County in the month of July.

Elsewhere for the month in Southside Virginia,

Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate rose to 10.6 percent, up from 10.5 percent in June;

Unemployment in Danville dipped to 10.9 percent, from 11 percent in June;

Charlotte County’s unemployment rate fell to 8.4 percent in July from 8.7 percent in June.

Virginia’s jobless rate also ticked down by one-tenth of a point, to 5.8 percent, while unemployment nationally fell to 7.7 percent, down from 7.8 percent in June. Last year in July, the U.S. unemployment rate was 8.6 percent.

The data are seasonally unadjusted. The VEC noted that seasonally unadjusted jobless rates usually decline in mid-summer as students who do not get summer jobs exit the active workforce.



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Wait till the hospital take over is complete, it will go even higher. Centra laid off 150 in Lynchburg. Hope all you libtards are happy with obummer care!


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