More county residents found jobs in September than in August.
Halifax County’s unemployment rate decreased from 4.6% in August to 3.9% in September, according to recent data released by the Virginia Employment Commission.
Meanwhile, Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points in September to 3.8%, which is 2.8 percentage points below the rate from a year ago.
According to household survey data in September, the labor force decreased by 3,859 to 4,244,196, as the number of unemployed residents decreased by 8,606 to 159,786. The number of employed residents rose by 4,747 to 4,084,410.
Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which fell 0.4 percentage points from 5.2% to 4.8%.
A total of 4,074,029 Virginians were employed in September out of a total workforce of 4,208,762 while 134,733 continued to look for work.
Nationwide, 154,026,000 individuals were employed in September while 7,366,000 continued to look for work.
The jobless rate for surrounding counties also decreased as well.
Danville City’s unemployed rate dropped from 6.2% in August to 5.3% in September.
Henry County’s jobless rate decreased from 4.4% in August and 3.9% in September.
Campbell County’s unemployment rate dropped from 3.7% in August and 3.3% in September.
Charlotte County’s jobless rate also was 3.5% in August and dipped to 2.9% in September.
The unemployment rate for Pittsylvania County decreased from 3.8% in August and 3.3% in September.
Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate dropped from 4.4% in August to 3.8% in September.