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Mecklenburg County jobless rate falls to 4.8 percent / June 07, 2017
Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate fell to the lowest level in nearly a decade in April — 4.8 percent, according to the latest data by the Virginia Employment Commission released last week.

The last time the county posted numbers this low was in April 2009, when the unemployment rate stood at 4.9 percent.

The local jobs market rebounded strongly between March and Aprilas employers in Mecklenburg County added 164 jobs, Halifax County employers added 110 jobs and in Brunswick County 66 jobs. All three counties also saw workers return to the labor pool: 123 in Mecklenburg County, 93 in Halifax County and 53 in Brunswick County.

Throughout Virginia, significant job gains were seen in education and health services, construction, government, and professional and business services. There were minor gains in mining and information but losses in manufacturing, leisure and hospitality, trade, transportation and utilities, and finance jobs.

April was the third straight month for employment gains in Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Halifax and Charlotte counties. With the exception of Brunswick County, in a year-over-year comparison, these same counties saw an increase in the number of jobs and workers.

For the most part, the employment picture throughout Southside Virginia mirrored the U.S. job market, which saw its unadjusted unemployment rate fall from 4.6 percent in March to 4.1 percent in April, its lowest level since May 2007.

In Brunswick County unemployment fell from 5.5 percent to 5.2 percent between March and April, Charlotte County went from 5.1 percent down to 4.6 percent, Lunenburg from 4.7 percent to 4.3 percent and Mecklenburg County from 5.2 percent to 4.8 percent.

Halifax and Pittsylvania counties also experienced a slight dip in their jobless rates. Halifax went from 5.1 percent to 5.0 percent and Pittsylvania County from 4.4 percent to 4.3 percent.

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