- Last Updated on 02:21 PM 05/30/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
More people continued to find jobs in Halifax County in April as the jobs outlook brightened, with the unemployment rate decreasing to 8.5 percent, two-tenths of a percent lower than the 8.7 percent rate in March, according to the latest Virginia Employment Commission data released Wednesday.
Some 14,314 county residents were employed out of a total labor force of 15,652. The VEC said 1,338 county residents continued to look for jobs during April.
Halifax County’s jobless rate in April a year ago stood at 8.7 percent, according to VEC archive data.
A total of 210,574 Virginians was looking for jobs in April out of a total state workforce of 4,217,840, according to VEC data.
Virginia’s rate is 5 percent, 2.1 percentage points lower than the national jobless rate of 7.1 percent.
Nationwide 11,014,000 Americans were unemployed in April out of a total work force of 154,739,000, according to figures released Wednesday.
VEC data showed unemployment rates in neighboring Virginia counties fluctuated in April with some showing a decrease and others reflecting increases.
Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate increased to 9.2 percent, up one-tenth of a percent from March’s 9.1 percent.
Charlotte County’s rate decreased four-tenths of a percent to 6.7 percent point, down from March’s unemployment rate of 7.1 percent.
Campbell County’s rate decreased three-tenths of a percent to 5.1 percent in April, down from the 5.4 percent rate in March.
The City of Danville’s jobless rate increased seven-tenths of a percent to 9.8 percent, up from March’s rate of 9.1 percent, VEC officials said.
Pittsylvania County’s rate for April decreased to 6.0 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the 6.2 percent reported in March.
Martinsville’s jobless rate also increased to 15 percent in April, up six-tenths of a percent from March’s 14.4 percent.
The VEC reported Henry County’s rate decreased to 8.7 percent, down two-tenths of a percent from the 8.9 percent reported in March.
Martinsville continues its hold on the highest rate of unemployment in the commonwealth.
A total of four Virginia jurisdictions had double-digit unemployment in April, VEC officials said.
Counties and cities with the highest unemployment rate in April included Emporia at 10 percent; Petersburg at 10.4 percent; Williamsburg at 10.6 percent; and Martinsville at 15 percent.