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City leads state in Nov. jobless list

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

Martinsville’s unemployment rate was the highest in Virginia for November, and Henry County’s rate tied Dickenson County’s for the 9th/10th highest, according to Virginia Employment Commission data.

Martinsville’s not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 15.7 percent in November 2012, compared with 14.9 percent in October 2012 and 16.8 percent in November 2011. Martinsville’s five-year annual average for 2007-2011 was 15.5 percent, and its 10-year annual average for 2002-2011 was 13.0 percent, both the highest in Virginia.

Henry County’s rate was 9.3 percent in November 2012, compared with 9.2 percent in October 2012 and 10.7 percent in November 2011. Henry County’s five-year annual average was 10.4 percent, and its 10-year annual average was 9.3 percent.

Patrick County’s rate was 7.0 percent in November 2012, the same as in October 2012 but down from 8.5 percent in November 2011. Patrick County’s five-year annual average was 8.6 percent, and its 10-year annual average was 7.8 percent.

In addition to Martinsville, the localities with the top five highest rates in November 2012 were Williamsburg, 12.4 percent; Emporia, 11.2 percent; Lexington, 10.4 percent; and Petersburg, 10.1 percent.

Arlington County had the lowest unemployment among localities in Virginia in November 2012 (3.1 percent); followed by Fairfax County, 3.6 percent; Loudoun County, 3.7 percent; Madison County, 3.9 percent; and Alexandria city and Fluvanna County, tied at 4.0 percent.

The West Piedmont workforce investment region had the highest unemployment rate (8.5 percent) among 16 workforce investment regions in Virginia in November 2012.

The Martinsville Micropolitan Statistical Area had the highest unemployment rate (10.5 percent) among the three micropolitan statistical areas in Virginia. The Martinsville MSA unemployment rate was up from 10.2 percent in October 2012.

The Culpeper Micropolitan Statistical Area’s unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in November, down from 5.8 percent in October; and the Staunton-Waynesboro Micropolitan Statistical Area’s unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in November, down from 5.4 percent in October.

Among 13 metropolitan statistical areas in Virginia, the Danville MSA had the highest unemployment rate (7.7 percent) in November 2012.

Virginia’s not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in November 2012, down from 5.4 percent in October 2012 and down from 5.8 percent in November 2011.

 

 
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