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Mecklenburg County jobless rate falls to 10.1 percent
SoVaNow.com / October 23, 2013Mecklenburg County’s work force fell by 170 members in August, dropping from 12,258 civil labor force members in July to 12,188 in August, the last month for which the Virginia Employment Commission has released numbers.
The drop mirrored the loss of jobs across the state which suffered a .03 percentage drop in its labor force. Job losses came in trade, transportation and construction.
The County’s jobless rate also dropped from July’s 10.6 percent to 10.1 in August although there were 98 fewer people employed in August.
The August 2013 unemployment rate was well below that of the 10.7 recorded in August of 2012.
Neighboring Halifax County had similar numbers with its civilian labor force of 15,125 in July declining to 14,800 in August with 59 fewer jobs in August. However, its jobless rate dipped only slightly from 10.4 in July to 10.3 in August. Last August Halifax’s unemployment rate stood at 10.5 percent.
The picture was much the same in Brunswick County where its labor force dropped by 248 members with 210 fewer jobs in August than in July. The Brunswick jobless rate for August fell to 10.3, down from the July rate of 10.5 percent.
Charlotte County also lost 151 members of its July labor force as well as having 151 fewer jobs in August. Its unemployment rate fell from 8.4 in July to 7.9 in August.
To the west Pittsylvania County lost 174 members of its 31,311 member civil labor force and 103 jobs from July until August. Its August jobless rate stood at 6.8, the lowest in the area.
Statewide the employment rate for August stood at 5.8 percent while nationally the jobless rate was 7.3 percent.
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