The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Monday, August 6, 2012
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Franklin County's jobless rate rose to 6.2 percent in June from 5.8 percent in May, according to the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).
The Virginia unemployment rate also increased in June to 6.0 percent from the May rate of 5.5 percent.
Ann D. Lang, VEC senior economist, said the number of unemployed workers increased by 22,736.
"The unemployment rate usually increases from May to June as college graduates and students enter the labor market seeking employment," Lang said.
The state unemployment rate continues to be below the U.S. jobless rate of 8.2 percent.
The VEC said 1,806 persons in Franklin County were unemployed in June and looking for a job. That's up from the 1,660 persons who were unemployed in May and seeking employment.
Lang said 27,104 persons were employed in Franklin County during June in a labor force size of 28,910.
June unemployment rates in neighboring cities and counties: Bedford City, 9.3 percent, up from 6.7 percent in May; Bedford County, 6.0 percent, up from 5.4 percent; Floyd County, 6.3 percent, up from 5.6 percent; Henry County, 9.8 percent, up from 9.3 percent; Martinsville, 14.2 percent, down from 14.4 percent; Patrick County, 7.7 percent, up from 7.4 percent; Pittsylvania County, 7.2 percent, up from 6.7 percent; Roanoke, 7.7 percent; up from 7.1 percent; Roanoke County, 5.6 percent, up from 5.0 percent; and Salem 6.4 percent, up from 5.7 percent.
The number of Virginians receiving regular unemployment benefits in June was 55,197, up from 51,373 in May.
The number of Franklin County residents drawing unemployment benefits in May was unavailable.
Franklin County's unemployment rate includes the towns of Rocky Mount and Boones Mill.