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City again is no. 1 in state unemployment

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Martinsville regained the top slot in the state for unemployment in August, after a brief respite the month before, while unemployment rates in Henry and Patrick counties dipped in August.

According to the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), Martinsville’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 14.6 percent in August from the 12.9 percent in July.

July had been the first month since January 2009 in which Martinsville did not lead Virginia’s unemployment rankings.

With the exception of July 2013 and January 2009, Martinsville has led the state in unemployment every month since May 2007, according to the VEC.

In August, 762 people were unemployed and 4,456 were employed out of the city’s labor force of 5,218, according to the VEC.

The city’s unemployment rate in August 2012 was 17.4, according to VEC data.

Henry County’s unemployment rate was 8.7 percent in August, down 0.7 from the 9.4 percent rate in July. It ranked 21st in the state.

Of the 22,809-person civilian labor force in Henry County, 20,829 people were employed and 1,980 were unemployed, according to the VEC.

The county’s rate was 9.5 percent in August 2012, according to the VEC.

At 6.6 percent, Patrick County was in 57th place among state localities in August. Patrick’s rate ticked up to 7.9 percent in July, up from 7.6 in June, the VEC reported. Of the 8,562-person civilian labor force, 8,001 people were employed and 561 were jobless, according to the VEC.

The August 2012 rate in Patrick was 9.5 percent, according to the VEC.

From July to August, seasonally adjusted unemployment decreased in seven major industry divisions and increased in four, the VEC reported.

The largest job decrease in August was in trade and transportation, but construction also fell for a second consecutive month. Manufacturing also dipped, and there were decreases in finance, total government and mining, according to the VEC.

The largest monthly job gain in August was in professional and business services, the VEC reported.

Other gains were in miscellaneous services, private education and health services and leisure and hospitality, according to the VEC.

Other state localities with the highest unemployment rates were Brunswick County, 10.3 percent; Halifax County, 10.3 percent; Dickenson County, 10.7 percent; Emporia City, 11.2 percent; and Williamsburg City, 11.3 percent, according to the VEC.

The Martinsville Micropolitan area also was the highest in unemployment, with 9.8 in August, 10.1 in July and 11.7 in August 2012, according to the VEC.

Arlington County had the lowest rate with 3.7 percent, according to the VEC.

The Virginia portion of the Kingsport-Bristol Metropolitan Statistical Area had the highest rate among metropolitan areas, with 8.1 percent, according to the VEC.

The Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area was the lowest among metropolitan areas, with 4.4, the VEC reported.


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