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City unemployment still highest in state
Thursday, April 11, 2013
From Bulletin staff reports
Martinsville’s unemployment rate remained the state’s highest in February although it dropped, Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) figures show.
Unemployment in Henry and Patrick counties also declined.
The city’s jobless rate fell from 16.7 percent in January to 15.4 percent in February. The latter figure was down from 16.2 percent in February 2012, according to VEC statistics released Wednesday.
Among Martinsville’s labor force of 5,208 people in February, 802 sought work, figures showed. The labor force includes residents who are employed plus those who are looking for jobs.
Henry County ranked 16th among Virginia’s 134 localities in February in terms of its unemployment. Its jobless rate of 9.7 percent was down from 10.7 percent in January and 10.6 percent a year earlier, figures revealed.
A total of 2,219 workers among the county’s labor force of 22,814 were jobless in February, the VEC reported.
The jobless rate for the overall Martinsville-Henry County micropolitan area in February was 10.8 percent. That figure was down from 11.8 percent in January and 11.6 percent in February of last year, statistics indicated.
Patrick County tied several other localities for 26th place. Its jobless rate of 8.1 percent in February dropped from 9.4 percent in the previous month and 8.8 percent in February 2012, according to statistics.
The county’s labor force of 8,437 in February included 682 people seeking jobs, figures showed.
Virginia’s statewide jobless rate of 5.7 percent in February was down from 6.2 percent in January and 6.3 percent in February 2012, figures revealed.
In February, Danville’s unemployment rate of 7.9 percent was the state’s highest among metropolitan localities. The rate dropped from 8.6 percent in January, the VEC announced.
Arlington’s unemployment rate of 3.6 percent in February was the state’s lowest. Fairfax and Loudoun counties had the state’s second-lowest rate at 4.1 percent each, statistics showed.