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Halifax County jobless rate rises to 5.2 percent in January / March 19, 2018
Halifax County’s jobless rate inched up in January to 5.2 percent after registering an even 5.0 percent in December.

The upturn in unemployment was accompanied by declines in the county’s civilian labor pool and the number of persons actively on the job. The county had 14,662 available workers in January, down by 103 persons from December, and the number of employed workers fell by 119, to 13,902 people.

The share of unemployed workers rose from 744 to 760 over the period. The number represents those who are jobless but actively seeking work and drawing unemployment benefits from the Virginia Employment Commission.

The tumbling job indicators come after a recent run-up in the county’s employment prospects. The last time Halifax’s jobless rate sat at 5.2 percent was August. However, the January report marks an improvement from where the county stood this time a year ago, when the jobless rate was 5.7 percent and there were 13,683 employed workers, 219 fewer than in the latest reporting period.

Elsewhere in the region, Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate rose sharply in January, up 5.7 percent after coming in at 5.0 percent in December.

In the same period, Charlotte County’s jobless rate rose from 4.0 to 4.6 percent, while unemployment in Pittsylvania County also clocked in at 4.6 percent, up from 4.0 percent in December. The City of Danville saw its unemployment rate rise from 5.6 percent in December to 5.9 percent in January.

Statewide, the January unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, up from 3.3 percent in December.

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