More county residents found jobs in August than in July, according to recent data released by the Virginia Employment Commission, but the unemployment rate remains significantly higher than a year ago.

Halifax County’s unemployment rate decreased from 8.6% in July to 6.8% in August, compared to 3% in August of 2019.

According to the VEC, 14,558 county residents were employed in August with 1,004 continuing to look for work.

Virginia’s unemployment rate stood at 6.3%, compared to 2.9% a year ago.

Nationwide, 147,224,000 individuals were employed in August while 13,742,000 continued to look for work.

A total of 4,073,362 Virginians were employed out of a total labor work force of 4,348,190 with 274,828 Virginians looking for work in August.

The unemployment rate for neighboring localities’ also improved from July to August.

Charlotte County’s unemployment rate decreased from 6.7% in July to 5.3% in August.

Campbell County’s jobless rate dropped from 7.3% in July to 5.8% in August.

Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate went from 8.2% in July to 6.5% in August.

Henry County’s jobless rate decreased from 9.5% in July to 7.4% in August.

Pittsylvania County’s unemployment declined from 7.8% in July to 6% in August.

Danville City’s jobless rate dipped from 11.9% in July to 9.6% in August.

 According to household survey data in August, the labor force grew by 26,808, or 0.6%, to 4,349,945, as the number of unemployed residents declined by 74,233.

The number of employed residents increased by 101,041 to 4,082,536.

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which fell to 8.4 %.