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

Halifax County’s jobless rate increased from 4.9% in November to 5.1% in December, compared to 3.6% in December of 2019.

According to the VEC, 14,423 county residents were employed in December out of a total workforce of 15,200 while 777 individuals continued to look for work.

Nationwide, 149,613,000 individuals were employed in December while 10,404,000 continued to look for work.

A total of 4,061,181 Virginians were employed out of a total labor work force of 4,259,711 while 198,530 Virginians were looking for work in December.

The unemployment rate for December also increased for most nearby localities.

Charlotte County’s unemployment rate went up from 4% in November to 4.3% in December.

Campbell County’s jobless rate increased from 4.3% in November to 4.7% in December.

Danville City’s unemployment rate rose from 6.7% in November to 7.3% in December.

Henry County’s jobless rate remained at 5.3% in December.

Pittsylvania County’s unemployment went from 4.2% in November to 4.6% in December.

Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate increased from 5% in November to 5.3% in December

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged slightly upward 0.1 of a percentage point in December to 4.9%, which is 2.2 percentage points above the rate from a year ago.

According to household survey data in December, the labor force increased by 1,017, essentially unchanged, to 4,288,955, as the number of unemployed residents increased by 4,459.

The number of employed residents fell by 3,388 to 4,079,547.

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which was unchanged at 6.7%.