The local unemployment rate made a slight drop in December from 4.1 percent in November to 4 percent.

In December, 13,923 county residents were employed out of a total workforce of 14,509 with 586 people continuing to look for work.

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged in December at 2.8 percent.

The December 2018 seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Virginia was down eight-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago and continued to be the lowest rate since the April 2001 rate of 2.8 percent.

The labor force, which expanded for the third consecutive month, added 4,213 for a total of 4,359,242 and set a new record high.

Household employment increased by 4,953, which was the 12th consecutive monthly increase, and at 4,236,062, it set a new record high.

The number of unemployed continued to drop, declining by 740 to 123,180.

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which was up two-tenths of a percentage point in December to 3.9 percent.

Nationwide, 6,029,000 Americans were unemployed in November out of a total workforce of 162,510,000.

Most of the neighboring localities’ jobless rates also decreased in December.

Charlotte County’s unemployment rate fell from 3.5 percent in November to 3.1 percent in December.

Campbell County’s jobless rate declined from 2.9 percent in November to 2.7 percent in December.

Henry County’s jobless rate decreased from 3.5 percent in November to 3.3 percent in December.

Meanwhile, Danville’s and Pittsylvania County’s unemployment rates saw no change from November to December.

Danville’s rate stayed at 4.4 percent in December, and Pittsylvania County’s remained at 3.2 percent in December.

Mecklenburg County was the only neighboring locality that saw an increase rising from 3.7 percent in November to 3.8 percent in December.