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Unemployment climbs to 9.2 percent

SoVaNow.com / July 05, 2013


As more people re-entered the job market across Southside Virginia, unemployment rates spiked upward in May, according to the latest data from the Virginia Employment Commission.

Halifax County saw its jobless rate climb to 9.2 percent in May, up from the April rate of 8.5 percent. Halifax added 48 more jobs in May than in April, but the jump in the unemployment rate was attributed to the increase in the County’s civilian labor force which grew by 179 members.

Neighboring Mecklenburg County had similar results as its unemployment rate rose to an even 10 percent up from 9.1 percent in April. While Mecklenburg County added 37 jobs in May, its civilian labor force grew by 159 members. The same was true of Brunswick County, the third member of the Southside Planning District, where the jobless rate rose to 9.8 percent in May up from the April rate of 9.2. Brunswick added 42 new jobs and only 90 new members to its civilian labor force.

Despite the addition of new jobs in all three counties, the overall employment picture in the Planning District was worse than it was 12 months ago with Halifax County down by 200 jobs, Mecklenburg down by 548 jobs and Brunswick down 176 jobs since May of 2012.

Of the 134 cites and counties across the state Halifax County ranked 124th in jobless rates while Brunswick ranked 126th and Mecklenburg 127th.

The jobless rate in the overall Southside Planning District averaged 9.7 percent far above the national rate which moved up in May to 7.6 percent.

Elsewhere, counties reported the following unemployment rates in May:

Charlotte County, 7.8 percent, up from 6.6 percent in April, and Lunenburg County, 8.3 percent, up from 7.6 percent in April.



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