More county residents found jobs in December than in November.

Halifax County’s unemployment rate decreased from 3.5% in November to 3.1% in December, according to recent data released by the Virginia Employment Commission.

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.2 of a percentage point in December to 3.2%, which is 2.4 percentage points below the rate from a year ago.

According to household survey data in December, the labor force increased by 1,966 to 4,261,535, as the number of unemployed residents decreased by 9,033 to 136,557.

The number of employed residents rose by 10,999 to 4,124,978. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which fell from 4.2 to 3.9%.

The Commonwealth’s labor force participation rate held steady at 63.0% and was above the national rate of 61.9%. The labor force participation rate measures the proportion of the civilian population age 16 and older that is employed or actively looking for work.

A total of 4,139,573 Virginians were employed in December out of a total workforce of 4,252,784 while 113,211 continued to look for work.

Nationwide, 155,732,000 individuals were employed in December while 5,964,000 continued to look for work.

The jobless rate for surrounding counties also decreased as well.

Danville City’s unemployed rate dropped from 4.8% in November to 4.3% in December.

Henry County’s jobless rate decreased from 3.3% in November to 2.9% in December.

Campbell County’s unemployment rate dropped from 2.8% in November to 2.6% in December.

Charlotte County’s jobless rate dipped from 2.6% in November to 2.4% in December.

The unemployment rate for Pittsylvania County decreased from 2.8% in November to 2.5% in December.

Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate dipped from 3.4% in November to 3.2% in December.