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City's unemployment remains highest in Va.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
Martinsville’s unemployment rate remained the state’s highest in June although it declined, according to Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) figures released Tuesday.
The VEC reported that the city’s jobless rate last month was 14 percent. That was down from 14.6 percent in May and 14.8 percent in June 2012.
Among Martinsville’s labor force of 5,277 people in June, 738 were unemployed, figures showed. The labor force includes residents who are employed plus those who are looking for jobs.
June unemployment rates in Henry and Patrick counties increased from May.
Henry County ranked 16th among Virginia’s 134 localities in June with an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent. That was up from 8.8 percent in May but down from 10.1 percent a year ago, statistics showed.
A total of 2,177 workers among the county’s labor force of 23,394 were searching for jobs in June, the VEC reported.
The jobless rate for the combined Martinsville-Henry County micropolitan area was 10.2 percent in June. That was up from 9.9 percent in May and down from 10.9 percent a year ago, statistics revealed.
Patrick County tied several areas for 29th place in terms of its June unemployment. Its jobless rate of 7.6 percent was up from 7.3 percent in May but down from 8.1 percent in June 2012, statistics showed.
The county’s labor force of 8,724 in June included 661 people seeking jobs, figures indicated.
The statewide unemployment rate for June was 6 percent. That was up from 5.6 percent in May but down from 6.2 percent a year earlier, the VEC reported.
The national unemployment rate for June was 7.8 percent.
Arlington County had Virginia’s lowest jobless rate in June at 4 percent, followed by Fairfax and Loudoun counties at 4.5 percent, figures showed.
The Danville region had the highest unemployment rate among Virginia’s metropolitan area at 8.4 percent, the VEC reported.