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Unemployment rate falls below 9 percent in Mecklenburg

SoVaNow.com / January 08, 2014


Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate fell in November to 8.9 percent, down from the October figure of 9.3 percent. The drop in the official unemployment number was accompanied by a shrinkage in the civilian labor force — which declined by 76 workers, from 12,316 in October to 12,240 in November.

Nonetheless, the jobs picture in November 2013 marked an improvement from the year before, when the November 2012 unemployment rate stood at 9.1 percent. In November 2012, 1,186 county workers were looking for employment. In the most recent period, the number of jobseekers was 1,084, or 102 fewer people than in November 2012.

Data to suggest a slowly healing job market also turned up in neighboring Halifax County, where the unemployment rate fell from an even 9 percent in October 2013 to 8.3 percent in November. Last November, Halifax had a jobless rate of 8.8 percent.

Brunswick County had the highest unemployment rate among the Southside counties, 9.6 percent in November, although that was down from 9.9 percent in October. There were 599 people seeking work in Brunswick in November.

Charlotte County, with a November jobless rate of 6.7 percent, had the brightest picture in the immediate area. Lunenburg County was not far behind with an unemployment rate of only 6.9 percent in November.

The state of Virginia saw its jobless rate drop by one-half of a percentage point in November, falling from October’s 5.5 percent to an even 5 percent in November.

Across the nation, the jobless rate fell to 6.6 percent in November, down from October’s rate of an even 7 percent.

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