The county’s unemployment rate decreased for the second month in a row, according to recent data released by the Virginia Employment Commission.

Halifax County’s jobless rate decreased from 6.8% in August to 6.4% in September, compared to 3.7% in September of 2019.

It also decreased from 8.6% in July to 6.8% in August.

According to the VEC, 14,415 county residents were employed in September out of a total workforce of 15,395 while 980 individuals continued to look for work.

Meanwhile, Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged upward 0.1 of a percentage point in September to 6.2%, which is 3.5 percentage points above the rate from a year ago.

Nationwide, 147,796,000 individuals were employed in September while 12,277,000 continued to look for work.

A total of 4,011,996 Virginians were employed out of a total labor work force of 4,270,035 while 258,039 Virginians were looking for work in September.

The unemployment rate for September decreased in some nearby localities while in increased in others.

Charlotte County’s unemployment rate decreased from 5.3% in August to 5.2% in September.

Danville City’s jobless rate dipped from 9.6% in August to 9.5% in September.

Henry County’s jobless rate decreased 7.4% in August to 7.2% in September.

Three nearby counties, Pittsylvania, Mecklenburg and Campbell, saw an increase in their unemployment rate.

Pittsylvania County’s unemployment rose from 6% in August to 6.1% in September.

Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate went from 6.5% in August to 6.8% in September

Campbell County’s jobless rate increased from 5.8% in August to 5.9% in September.

According to household survey data in September, the labor force fell by 71,954, or 1.7 %, to 4,279,495, as the number of unemployed residents declined by 2,546.

The number of employed residents decreased by 69,408 to 4,015,630.

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which fell to 7.9 %.