More county residents found jobs in May than in April, according to recent data released by the Virginia Employment Commission.
VEC’s data show’s Halifax County’s unemployment rate decreased from 10.9% in April to 8.3% in May, which compares to 3.7% a year ago.
In May, 13,968 county residents were employed out of a total workforce of 15,284 with 1,316 people continuing to look for work.
Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 1.8 percentage points in May to 9.4%, which is 6.6 percentage points above the rate from a year ago.
Nationwide, 137,461,000 people out of a total workforce of 157,975,000 were employed, while 20,517,000 people continued to look for work in May.
A total of 3,934,121 Virginians were employed out of a total labor work force of 4,332,115 with 397,994 Virginias looking for work in May.
The unemployment rate for most neighboring localities’ also dropped as well from April to May.
Charlotte County’s unemployment rate decreased from 10.5% in April to 8.8% in May.
Campbell County’s jobless rate dipped from 9.8% in April to 8.4% in May.
Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate decreased from 11.1% in April to 9.2% in May.
Henry County’s jobless rate dropped from 13.1% in April to 10.5% in May.
Pittsylvania County’s unemployment went from 12.9% in April to 9.1% in May.
Danville City’s jobless rate decreased from 16.4% in April to 12.7% in May.
According to household survey data in May, the labor force expanded by 5,783, or 0.1 %, to 4,319,833, as the number of unemployed residents fell by 78,144. The number of employed residents increased by 83,927 to 3,915,866.
Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which fell to 13.3 %.