More county residents found jobs in February than January, according to recent data released by the Virginia Employment Commission, which showed the county unemployment rate dropping from January to February.
It decreased from 4.6% in January to 4.3% in February, which compares to 4.2% a year ago.
In February, 15,021 county residents were employed out of a total workforce of 15,703 with 682 people continuing to look for work.
Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined 0.1 percentage point in February to 2.6%, which is 0.4 percentage point below the rate from a year ago.
Nationwide, 158,017,000 people out of a total workforce of 164,235,000 were employed, while 6,218,000 people continued to look for work in February.
A total of 4,350,136 Virginians were employed out of a total labor work force of 4,473,225 with 123,089 Virginias looking for work in February.
The unemployment rate for most neighboring localities’ also dropped as well from January to February.
Charlotte County’s unemployment rate decreased from 4.1% in January to 3.7% in February.
Campbell County’s jobless rate dipped from at 3.5% in January to 3.3% in February.
Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate decreased from 4.6% in January to 4.2% in February.
Pittsylvania County’s unemployment went from 3.9% in January to 3.8% in February.
Henry County’s jobless rate dropped from 3.9% in January to 3.3% in February.
Danville City’s jobless rate remained at 5.5% from January to February.
According to household survey data in February, the labor force expanded for the 20th consecutive month by 8,789, or 0.2%, to set a new record high of 4,462,717, as the number of unemployed residents fell by 1,049.
The number of employed residents increased by 9,838 to set a new high of 4,345,451.
Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which was little changed at 3.5%.