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Work is easier to come by in March

SoVaNow.com / May 02, 2013
The Halifax County labor market brightened a bit in March as unemployment fell to 8.7 percent, down from 9.3 percent in February.

The good news was two-fold: the ranks of the unemployed shrank from 1,447 persons in February to 1,358 in March, and the number of residents with jobs rose from 14,107 in February to 14,338 in March.

The March jobless rate of 8.7 percent also represented an improvement from this time last year. In March 2012, Halifax County’s jobless rate stood at an even 9 percent.

The arrival of spring brought seasonal gains in employment across Southside: despite the announced closings of three majors employers in the South Hill area this year, Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate dipped by a full point in March, to 9.1 percent, after clocking in at 10.2 percent in Februar.

There were 11,528 residents in Mecklenburg who were working in March, compared to 11,404 in February.

To the east, Pittsylvania County unemployment dropped from 6.8 percent in February to 6.2 percent in March. There were 189 fewer unemployed people who were looking for work.

Charlotte County’s jobless rate also dropped from 5.7 percent in February to 5.4 percent to March, as only 371 people were job hunting during the month, compared to 417 in February.

Across the state, the jobless rate fell to 5.2 percent in March, down from 5.7 percent in February. Nationwide, unemployment fell to 7.6 percent, down from 8.1 percent in February. Last March, the national unemployment rate stood at 8.4 percent.



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