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Jobs come back slowly as unemployment rate falls / September 14, 2020
Halifax County’s unemployment rate dropped by three-tenths of a point to 8.1 percent in July as the economy continues its slow recovery from the spring pandemic lockdown.

Halifax added 169 jobs between June and July, with the official unemployment rate falling from 8.4 percent to 8.1 percent. The Virginia Employment Commission reported that 14,284 county residents were on the job in July; 1,307 were unemployed and actively seeking work.

The jobless numbers have come down from their peak in April, when the county’s unemployment rate stood at 10.7 percent and 1,661 residents were out of work. However, joblessness remains well above the pre-pandemic rate of 4.3 percent in February.

During August, new claims by Halifax County workers for unemployment insurance benefits shrank steadily. For the week ending Aug. 1, 84 new jobless claims were submitted to the VEC. By the week ending Sept. 5, that number had fallen to 40.

640 workers in Halifax County were receiving jobless benefits for the week ending Sept. 5, according to the VEC’s most recent data.

Elsewhere in the area:

» In Mecklenburg County, the jobless rate fell from 8.7 percent in June to 8.2 percent in July.

» In Pittsylvania County, unemployment fell from 7.9 percent to 7.6 percent.

» In the City of Danville, the jobless rate remained unchanged at 11.8 percent.

» In Charlotte County, unemployment fell from 7.1 percent to 6.6 percent.

Across Virginia, unemployment dropped from 9.2 percent in June to 8.0 percent in July. The national rate went from 11.2 percent to 10.8 percent over the same period.

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