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Jobless rate rises to 8.8 percent in July / August 28, 2014

Halifax County’s unemployment rate jumped from 8.3 percent in June to 8.8 percent in July. Over 900 people left the labor force, which numbered 15,974 in June, but fell to 15,041 in July.

Despite the jump in the jobless figure, Halifax County’s unemployment rate in July of 2014 was far below the 2013 July’s rate of 10.2 percent.

Neighboring Mecklenburg County suffered a similar fate with its unemployment rate rising in July to 9.2, a slight tick up from the June. Mecklenburg’s civilian labor force also shrunk in numbers by 754 members in July, dropping from 12,099 members in June to only 11,245 in July. Just as in Halifax County, however, its 2014 July rate was well below that of July 2013 when the rate stood at 10.5 percent.

Charlotte County’s jobless rate also increased in July 2014 to 8.1 percent, up from the June rate of 7.9. Charlotte County lost 92 members of its civilian labor force in July.

The City of Danville recorded the highest unemployment rate in the region of an even 10 percent in July, rising from 9.8 percent a month earlier in June. Last July, 2013 Danville had a 10.8 percent jobless rate.

Statewide the jobless rate remained stable at 5.4 percent while the national rate rose from 6.3 percent in June to 6.5 percent in July. The national unemployed rate stood at7.7 percent in July of 2013.

According to information from the Virginia Employment Commission the Lynchburg metropolitan area experienced the largest job loss over the past year, down 1,500 jobs while the Danville area lost 900 jobs and Charlottesville another 700 jobs. The Richmond area was the largest job gainer, up 12,100 jobs while Northern Virginia gained 10,800 jobs, Winchester added 1,000, Harrisonburg 800, Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford 600 and Roanoke 400.

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Wonder when some of that Obama money is going to kick in? To him and Warner and Kaine Southside Virginia is nothing but a photo op at election time. Next time you see one of them, why don't you ask them about the $500 million being cut from the Defense budget to be given to Israel?


But- but- if we elect Gillespie or other R, they'll cut the corporate income tax and the big corporations will shower us with jobs!

Both sides have been promising economic improvement for Southside for decades. Where is it? Look to China, then to Mexico and other 3rd worlds, then look in WalMart and Hobby Lobby to see those countries' GNP resting on store shelves.

God help us if the Tobacco Commission money ever runs out. We'll never get anything.

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