More county residents found jobs in October than in September, according to recent data released by the Virginia Employment Commission.
Halifax County’s jobless rate decreased from 6.4% in September to 5.5% in October, compared to 3.7% in October of 2019.
According to the VEC, 14,317 county residents were employed in October out of a total workforce of 15,144 while 827 individuals continued to look for work.
Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined 0.9 of a percentage point in October to 5.3% , which is 2.6 percentage points above the rate from a year ago.
Nationwide, 150,433,000 individuals were employed in October while 161,053,000 continued to look for work.
A total of 4,054,611 Virginians were employed out of a total labor work force of 4,272,772 while 218,161 Virginians were looking for work in October.
The unemployment rate for October also decreased in nearby localities.
Charlotte County’s unemployment rate decreased from 5.2% in September to 4.3% in October.
Danville City’s jobless rate dipped from 9.5% in September to 8.1% in October.
Henry County’s jobless rate decreased from 7.2% in September to 6.1% in October.
Pittsylvania County’s unemployment reduced from 6.1% in September to 4.7% in October.
Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate went from 6.8% in September to 5.8% in October.
Campbell County’s jobless rate decreased from 5.9% in September to 4.7% in October.
According to household survey data in October, the labor force fell by 15,589, or 0.4%, to 4,276,695, as the number of unemployed residents declined by 40,454.
The number of employed residents increased by 24,865 to 4,049,466.
Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which fell to 6.9%.