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Jobless rate dips, but jobs about same the same

SoVaNow.com / December 09, 2010
Halifax County’s jobless rate dipped slightly in October to 11.4 percent, but the county remains saddled with one of the highest unemployment rates in Virginia.

The October rate represents an improvement from September, when unemployment in Halifax topped out at 11.8 percent, but data from the Virginia Employment Commission indicate that the job market remains stagnant. Despite the rate decline, the VEC found that 14,7109 people were working locally in October, one less than the 14,710 persons who had a job in September.

Both the number of persons listed as unemployed — 1,886 — and the overall size of the civilian labor pool — 16,595 — fell, suggesting that the dip in the jobless rate may be due to individuals giving up on finding work and exiting the labor force. They also may have run out of eligibility for jobless benefits.

There were 1,969 county residents counted as unemployed in September, out of a labor pool of 16,679 persons.

Elsewhere in Southside Virginia, there was little change in local jobless rate from September to October. Unemployment in Mecklenburg County during both months was 11 percent, while the rate ticked upwards in Charlotte County, going from 9.0 percent in September to 9.1 percent in October.

Halifax County’s October unemployment rate of 11.4 percent was tied for second highest among Virginia counties, with Franklin. Henry County had the highest jobless rate, 12.6%, among Virginia counties.

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