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City falls in jobless rankings
Thursday, July 31, 2014
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
Martinsville’s jobless rate declined in June and dropped to the second-highest rate in Virginia, while Henry County’s rate increased slightly, according to data released Wednesday by the Virginia Employment Commission.
The city’s jobless rate in June was 10.3 percent, down from 10.7 percent in May. Lexington’s rate climbed to 11.4 percent for the highest rate in the commonwealth.
The statewide unemployment rate in June was 5.4 percent, better than the nationwide rate of 6.3 percent.
The city’s labor force — which includes employed people and those seeking work — dropped to 5,153 in June, down from 5,212 in May and 5,358 in June 2013, when unemployment stood at 12.2 percent. People who leave the area to find jobs or give up looking for work are not counted in the labor force, officials have said.
The VEC counted 533 unemployed city residents in June, down from 556 in May and 651 in June 2013.
Henry County’s jobless rate climbed to 8.5 percent in June from 8.2 percent the month before. Both were lower than the county’s 9.6 percent rate in June of last year.
A total of 22,944 people were counted in the county’s labor force in June. That was a decline from 23,048 in May and 23,675 in June 2013.
The VEC counted 1,939 unemployed county residents in June, up from 1,881 in May but down from 2,273 in June 2013.
Henry County’s June jobless rate ranked 16th out of the state’s 134 localities.
Patrick County’s jobless rate was 6.4 percent in June, an improvement over May’s rate of 6.7 percent and the June 2013 rate of 7.8 percent.
There were 8,445 people in Patrick County’s labor force in June, down from 8,511 in May and 8,478 in June 2013.
The VEC showed 543 jobless residents in Patrick in June, down from 567 in May and 658 in June of last year.
Patrick County’s June jobless rate was the 56th highest in the state.
Henry County-Martinsville Micropolitan Area
The combined Henry County-Martinsville jobless rate was 8.8 percent in June, up slightly from 8.6 percent in May but down from 10.1 percent in June 2013.
There were 28,097 people in the combined labor force, down from 28,260 in May and 29,033 in June of last year.
The VEC showed 2,472 unemployed people in Henry County and Martinsville in June, up from 2,437 in May but down from 2,924 in June 2013.
Arlington County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in June at 3.6 percent. It was followed by the city of Alexandria at 4.0 percent.
After Lexington and Martinsville, the highest jobless rates in June were in Petersburg at 10.2 percent; Dickenson County at 10.0 percent; and Buchanan County at 9.9 percent.