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Local jobless rate steady in November / January 10, 2013
Halifax County’s unemployment rate in November remained steady at 8.7 percent, same as the month before, but year-to-year comparisons point to modest gains in the local job market.

150 people more were gainfully employed in November 2012 than in November 2011, lowering the jobless rate from 9.6 percent to the current 8.7 percent.

In November 2012, there were 1,415 people actively job hunting in Halifax County. The county’s civilian labor force shrank by six persons from November 2011.

While unemployment in Southside Virginia remains stubbornly high —Martinsville had the state’s worst jobless rate in November, 15.7 percent, while the City of Danville was eighth at 9.5 percent — the trend across the region in November was one of gradual strengthening.

To the east, Mecklenburg’s unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent in November, the first time in years it had fallen below 9 percent. In November 2011, the county unemployment rate stood at 9.7 percent.

In neighboring Charlotte County, the jobless rate fell to 7.2 percent. In November 2011, the rate stood at 8.4 percent.

Unemployment in Campbell County stood at 5.2 percent in November, down from 6.0 from the same period a year earlier. Campbell has consistently posted the lowest jobless figures in the region.

Statewide, the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, down from last year’s rate of 5.6 percent. The national rate also fell to 7.4 percent in November of 2012, down from the 7.8 percent rate in November 2011.

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