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Mecklenburg County jobless rate rises to 9.2 percent
SoVaNow.com / September 03, 2014
Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate ticked up to 9.2 percent in July even as the ranks of the unemployed shrank by 42 persons — from 1,086 in June to 1,044 in July.
The drop in the number of persons actively seeking work corresponded with a sharp decline in the labor force, largely the result of seasonal factors.
There were 10,301 employed workers in Mecklenburg in July, compared to 11,013 in June. The labor force fell from 12,099 to 11,345.
The labor force includes individuals who are working or actively seeking work, thus qualifying for unemployment insurance benefits.
While high, Mecklenburg’s jobless rate is improved from the same period last year, when July unemployment stood at 10.5 percent.
However, there were 10,778 people on the job in July 2013, compared to 10,301 in July 2014. The lower official unemployment rate is largely due to a shrinking labor pool.
Elsewhere in the region, Halifax County’s jobless rate in July was 8.8 percent, up from 8.3 percent in June, but lower than the July 2013 rate of 10.2 percent.
In Charlotte County, unemployment stood at 8.1 percent in July, up from 7.9 percent in June. Charlotte’s jobless rate a year ago in July was 8.5 percent.
In Brunswick County, unemployment in July was 9.1 percent, compared to 9.0 percent in June and 10.3 percent in July 2013.
In Lunenburg County, unemployment in July was 7.4 percent, compared to 7.3 percent in June and 8.5 percent in July 2013.
Statewide the jobless rate remained stable at 5.4 percent while the national rate rose from 6.3 percent in June to 6.5 percent in July.
According to information from the Virginia Employment Commission, the Lynchburg metropolitan area experienced the largest job loss over the past year, down 1,500 jobs, while the Danville area lost 900 jobs and Charlottesville lost another 700 jobs. The Richmond area was the largest gainer, up 12,100 jobs, while Northern Virginia gained 10,800 jobs, Winchester added 1,000, Harrisonburg 800, Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford 600 and Roanoke 400. 387
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