Fewer county residents found jobs in January than in December, according to recent data released by the Virginia Employment Commission.

Halifax County’s jobless rate increased slightly from 6.4% in December to 6.5% in January, compared to 4.4% in January 2020.

According to the VEC, 13,934 county residents were employed in January out of a total workforce of 14,908 while 969 individuals continued to look for work.

Nationwide, 148,383,000 individuals were employed in January while 10,851,000 continued to look for work.

A total of 3,977,723 Virginians were employed out of a total labor work force of 4,217,727 while 240,004 Virginians were looking for work in January.

The unemployment rate for December also increased for nearby localities as well.

Charlotte County’s unemployment rate went up from 4.3% in December to 5.4% in January.

Campbell County’s jobless rate increased from 4.7% in December to 5.8% in January.

Danville City’s unemployment rate rose from 7.3% in December to 8.8% in January.

Henry County’s jobless rate increased from 5.3% in December to 6.8% in January.

Pittsylvania County’s unemployment went from 4.6% in December to 5.8% in January.

Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate increased from 5.3% in December to 6.4% in January.

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.3 of a percentage point in January to 5.3%, which is 2.8 percentage points above the rate from a year ago.

According to household survey data in January, the labor force decreased by 1,452, essentially unchanged, to 4,253,627, as the number of unemployed residents decreased by 8,920. The number of employed residents rose by 7,468 to 4,026,343.

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which decreased to 6.3%.