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Unemployment rates drop in area for April

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Local unemployment rates dropped in April, but the city's rate remained the highest in the state, according to data from the Virginia Employment Commission.

Martinsville's rate dropped more than a percentage point, from 17.8 percent in March to 16.7 percent in April, VEC data show. There were 1,024 unemployed city residents in April, down from 1,104 in March.

The rate also was an improvement from April 2010, when there were 1,301 unemployed residents and a jobless rate of 20.6 percent, data show.

However, the city's labor force, which is made up of employed residents plus those seeking work, was smaller in April, at 6,124 people, than the 6,219 number logged in March, according to the VEC. The labor force also was down from April 2010, when it stood at 6,301.

Henry County's unemployment rate in April was 10.2 percent, down from 11.1 percent in March and 13.8 percent in April of last year. There were 2,550 unemployed people in the county in April, compared with 2,817 in March and 3,541 in April 2010, data show.

Henry County's rate was the sixth highest in Virginia, according to VEC data.

The county also saw a decrease in the size of its labor force. It included 25,036 people in April, down from 25,370 in March and 25,588 in April 2010, data show.

In Patrick County, the April unemployment rate was 8.8 percent, down from 9.7 percent the month before and 11.0 percent in April 2010. There were 825 jobless Patrick residents in April, down from 917 in March and 1,043 in April 2010.

Patrick County's rate was the 17th highest in the state, data show.

Patrick also saw the size of its labor force drop, from 9,461 in April of last year to 9,454 in March and 9,414 in April.

The Martinsville-Henry County micropolitan area saws its jobless rate drop from 12.4 percent in March to 11.5 percent in April, data show. That was an improvement from the April 2010 rate of 15.2 percent.

The combined city-county labor force included 31,160 in April, down from 31,589 in March. The April rate also was down from a year ago, when the micropolitan area labor force included 31,889 people, data show.

The statewide unemployment rate in April was 5.8 percent, an improvement from the March rate of 6.3 percent.

Arlington County had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 3.4 percent. After Martinsville, the second-highest rate was Williamsburg's 13.7 percent, followed by 12.1 percent in Danville.


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