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Unemployment dips to four-year low in April

SoVaNow.com / May 30, 2013
Unemployment in Halifax County fell to a four-year low in April, with the monthly rate dropping to 8.5 percent, down from 8.6 percent in March.

The rate change, however, was mostly due to a decline in the size of the county’s civilian labor force. The pool of active workers, both those on the job and those actively seeking employment, dropped by 39 during the month. The labor force shrank from 15,691 in March to 15,652 in April.

Last year for the same period, the jobless rate was 8.7 percent rate. The unemployment numbers are seasonally unadjusted, meaning they don’t account for normal labor market activity that can contrinute to rising and falling rates.

To the east in Mecklenburg County the story was much the same with the decline of the labor force numbers. Mecklenburg lost 78 members of its March 12,683 member labor force, causing its unemployment rate to rise slightly from 9.1 percent in March to 9.2 percent in April.

Mecklenburg and Brunswick had the highest unemployment rates amon all Virginia counties in April.

The City of Danville also saw its jobless rate rise in April with the numbers of its civilian labor force also increasing. Danville’s rate of 9.8 percent was the highest in the Southside region, climbing from its 9.1 percent rate in March. By contrast Pittsylvania County’s rate dropped in April to an even 6.0 percent, down from the March rate of 6.2.

Campbell County had the lowest unemployment rate in the region in April — 5.1 percent down from 5.3 percent in March. A year ago in April of 2012 Campbell County had a jobless rate of 5.9 percent.

Unemployment fell both in the state and across the nation in April with Virginia’s rate dropping to an even 5.0 percent, down from 5.2 percent in March. In April of 2012, the state’s rate was 5.5 percent.

Nationwide the jobless rate fell to 7.1 percent in April down from 7.6 in March.

Last April the national jobless figure stood at 7.7 percent nationally.

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