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Halifax County jobless rate stuck at 10 percent

SoVaNow.com / October 04, 2012
Halifax County’s jobless rate dropped only slightly in August, remaining in double digits at 10.1 percent. In July, local unemployment stood at 10.3 percent.

The Virginia Employment Commission reported that 1,571 members of the local civil labor force were looking for work in August. Contributing to the dip in the unemployment rate was a contraction of the labor force, rather than new job creation. The VEC reported 56 persons no longer applied for jobless benefits or held employment in the county. The size of the workforce fell from 15,765 in July to 15,582 in August.

The trend statewide pointed to little change in the jobless rate, although Virginia’s 5.8 percent unemployment was well below the national average.

Conditions have improved significantly since a year ago this time. In August 2011, the county had 11.8 percent unemployment with 1,881 residents searching for jobs.

To the east, neighboring Mecklenburg County also saw its level of unemployment drop slightly in August, to 10.3 percent, down from July’s rate of 10.5 percent

Brunswick County posted the highest unemployment among counties in the region, with an August rate of 11.1 percent, down from July’s 11.4.

The City of Danville recorded an August jobless rate of an even 11 percent, down from 11.4 percent in July.

Lunenburg County’s rate dropped from 9.1 percent in July to 8.7 percent and Charlotte County’s rate dipped from 9.0 in July to 8.3 percent in August. Pittsylvania County’s rate also declined from 7.7 percent in July to 7.2 percent in August.

Statewide, the jobless rate has improved to 5.8 percent, compared to 6.5 percent rate of August 2011. Also showing improvement is the national jobless rate which last August stood at 9.1 percent and is now down to 8.2.

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