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Halifax County jobless rate declines in December

SoVaNow.com / February 10, 2014
Halifax County’s jobless rate declined in December to 8.1 percent, down a tick from 8.3 percent in November. Not only did unemployment drop, but the size of the civilian labor force increased — by nine persons.

According to the Virginia Employment Commission, there were 15,534 county residents on the job in December, up from 15,525 in November.

The December rate marked a significant drop from 9 percent unemployment in December 2012, when 1,410 persons were job hunting. In December, the number was 1,257.

Neighboring Mecklenburg County also saw its jobless rate drop in December to 8.5 percent, down from the November mark of 8.8 percent. In Mecklenburg 1,046 members of the county’s 12,239 member civilian work force were looking for work in December. That compared with the 1,081 job hunters in November.

In December, Mecklenburg County had a jobless rate of 9.4 percent.

Even with the decline, however, Mecklenburg County ranked tenth among localities for the highest unemployment rate in the state. The City of Martinsville was first; the City of Williamsburg was second.

Brunswick County also ranked among the top ten in unemployment with an 8.8 percent rate in December down from 9.1 in November and down from last December’s rate of 10.1 percent.

Campbell County had the best rate — 4.7 percent of all neighboring counties while to the west Pittsylvania County had a lowered jobless rate of 5.8 percent in December, down from 5.9 in November as only 1,856 members of its civilian labor force were seeking jobs. (However in the City of Danville the unemployed rate stood at 7.5 in December.)

Charlotte County had the next lowest unemployment rate of 6.2 percent down from 6.7 in November with only 579 members of its 6,556 civilian labor force being without work.

Across the state the jobless rate fell to 4.8 percent in December, down from an even 5.0 percent in November. Figures from the Virginia Employment Commission showed that the largest increase in the number of jobs came in construction ‑ for the second monthly increase. The second largest increase came in trade and transportation with miscellaneous services, private educational and health services also increasing slightly.

The national unemployed rate was 6.5 percent in December, down from 6.6 in November.

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