Halifax County’s workforce decreased by 389 individuals from June to July, contributing to a decrease in the local unemployment rate, according to recent data released by the Virginia Employment Commission.

The county’s unemployment rate dipped from 5.3% in June to 5.1% in July, compared to its unemployment rate of 8.6% in July 2020.

Even though the unemployment rate dropped, there were more individuals employed in July than in June. A total of 813 county residents were employed in June, and 763 were employed in July.

While the county’s number of employed residents decreased, Virginia’s employed increased by 15,413 to 4,065,473.

According to household survey data in July, the labor force in Virginia increased by 7,818 to 4,241,686, as the number of unemployed residents decreased by 7,595.

The state’s unemployment rate also decreased in July dropping from 4.2%, which is 3.7 percentage points below the rate from a year ago.

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which decreased to 5.4%.

A total of 4,140,764 Virginians were employed out of a total workforce of 4,315,758 while 174,994 Virginians were looking for work in May.

Nationwide, 153,596,000 individuals were employed in July while 9,221,000 continued to look for work.

The jobless rate for surrounding counties also decreased as well.

Danville City’s unemployed rate dropped from 7.4% in June to 6.9% in July.

Like Danville, Henry County’s jobless rate also decreased by a fifth of a percent dropping from 5.4% in June and 4.9% in July.

Campbell County’s unemployment rate dropped from 4.6% in June to 4% in July.

Charlotte County’s jobless rate also was 4.6% in June, and theirs dipped to 4.2% in July.

The unemployment rate for Pittsylvania County decreased from 4.6% in June to 4.2% in July.

Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate dropped from 5.1% in June to 4.8% in July.