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Jobless rates up in areas
City still highest in state in January
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Martinsville’s unemployment rate remained the highest in Virginia in January.
The city’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 16.9 percent in January, up from 15.2 percent in December but down from 18.1 percent in January 2012, according to figures released Friday by the Virginia Employment Commission.
Henry County’s January jobless rate was 10.7 percent, up from 9.2 percent in December but down from 10.9 percent in January 2012, the VEC reported.
Among 134 localities across the state, the county had the 16th highest level of unemployment.
Patrick County had the 30th highest level with a January jobless rate of 9.4 percent. That was above the December rate of 7.6 percent and the January 2012 rate of 9.1 percent.
The local micropolitan rate was 11.9 percent in January, compared with 10.3 percent in December and 12.3 percent in January 2012.
The civilian labor force declined in all three localities and the micropolitan area in January compared with the month before. Following is a breakdown of those figures by locality, according to VEC figures:
• Martinsville: Civilian labor force, 5,343 in January, 5,509 in December; employed, 4,442 in January, 4,670 in December; unemployed, 901 in January, 839 in December.
• Henry County: Civilian labor force, 23,259 in January, 23,748 in December; employed, 20,766 in January, 21,563 in December; unemployed, 2,493 in January, 2,185 in December.
• Patrick County: Civilian labor force, 8,721 in January, 8,918 in December; employed, 7,899 in January, 8,243 in December; unemployed, 822 in January, 675 in December.
• Micropolitan area: Civilian labor force, 28,602 in January, 29,257 in December; employed, 25,208 in January, 26,233 in December; unemployed, 3,394 in January, 3,024 in December.
The statewide unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in January, compared with 5.5 percent in December.
Nationally, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for January was 8.5 percent, compared with 7.6 in December. Rates dropped from last year in 2,227 metropolitan areas, increased in 124 and were flat in 21, The Associated Press reported.
Arlington County had Virginia’s lowest jobless rate with 3.9 percent in January, followed by 4.2 percent in Loudoun County, according to the AP.
The Danville region had the highest unemployment rate among Virginia’s metropolitan regions at 8.7 percent, the AP reported. The Washington metropolitan region that includes Arlington and Alexandria had the lowest jobless rate of 4.6 percent, the AP added.