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Halifax County jobless rate falls below 9%

SoVaNow.com / December 09, 2013
The jobs scene in Halifax County has barely changed over the past year, although the onset of the fall season brought a sharp decline in the local unemployment rate from its summertime highs.

The jobless rate in Halifax has tumbled from 10.5 percent in July all the way to 8.9 percent in October, the latest month for which data is available, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.The big drop-off during that span took place from August to September, when unemployment plunged from 10.3 percent to 8.9 percent. The rate was unchanged from August to September.

The apparent improvement owes much to seasonal factors, with the reopening of school leading to a sharp uptick in the number of people at work, among other factors.

However, in year-to-year terms the numbers have undergone much less movement — Halifax County’s labor market in October 2013 is almost identical to that in October 2012.

Then, Halifax County had 14,365 people at work, compared to 14,300 who held jobs this October. Meantime, the ranks of the unemployed hardly budged — there were 1,405 persons out of work in October 2013, compared to 1,407 in October 2012.

The reporting of the September and October jobs data was delayed by the continuing effects of the federal government shutdown in October. The VEC released the updates figures for the two-month period on Thursday.

Elsewhere around Southside Virginia, localities witnessed general improvement in their top-of-the-line unemployment numbers:

Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate declined to 9.4 percent in October, down from 10.1 percent in August. September unemployment in Mecklenburg was 9.3 percent.

The jobless rate in Charlotte County fell to 7.5 percent in September and again in October to 7.2 percent. In August, Charlotte posted an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent.

In Pittsylvania, the October jobless rate was 6.3 percent; it was 6.2 percent in September. Pittsylvania had a 6.8 percent unemployment rate in August.

The City of Danville posted an October jobless rate of 8.9 percent. It was 8.6 percent in September. A year ago in October, the rate stood at 9.3 percent.





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