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SoVaNow.com / November 01, 2012
September delivered good news on the jobs front in Halifax County as the local unemployment rate dropped by a full point and 726 more people were at work during the month.

Halifax County’s unemployment rate fell to 9.1 percent in September from 10.1 percent in August, the Virginia Employment Commission reported this week. The decline in the jobless rate was accompanied by an increase in the size of the local workforce, which rose from 15,690 persons in August to 16,313 in September.

The combination of lower unemployment and more people returning to the work force is generally taken as a sign that labor markets are improving. In its analysis of the data, the VEC also pointed to the return of the school year as a factor in job growth in the government sector. The VEC also reported job gains during September in the private education and health care, professional and business services and construction sectors.

The number of persons looking for work in Halifax County in September declined by 103, leaving 1,477 unemployed members of the active labor force.

The same period last year, Halifax County’s unemployment rate was 10.5 percent. The last time the county had a jobless rate below 10 percent was in July of this year.

The improvement in the workforce numbers extended to neighboring Mecklenburg County, which also saw its unemployment rate dip under double digits after coming in at 10.2 percent in August. The September jobless rate in Mecklenburg was 9.2 percent.

Pittsylvania’s jobless rate fell to 6.7 percent from 7.3 percent in August, while the City of Danville went from 10.9 percent unemployment in August to 10.0 percent in August.

In Charlotte County, joblessness fell to 7.8 percent in September, down from 8.3 percent in August.

Statewide, the unemployment rate dipped to 5.6 percent in September, down from 5.8 percent in September. Nationwide the rate also dropped from 8.2 percent in August to 7.6 percent in September.

The percentages are seasonally unadjusted. Adjusted for the period, the unemployment rate in Virginia was unchanged in September at 5.9 percent.



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