The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Monday, September 3, 2012
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Franklin County's jobless rate dropped to 6.0 percent in July from 6.2 percent in June, according to the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).
The Virginia jobless rate remained unchanged in July at 6.0 percent.
Ann D. Lang, VEC senior economist, said the number of unemployed workers increased by 999.
"Last month, there was an increase in the number of people reporting they were working as well as the number of people seeking work," Lang said. "However, the magnitude of change was smaller and the unemployment rate remained the same."
The state unemployment rate continues to be below the U.S. jobless rate of 8.6 percent in July.
The VEC said 1,748 persons in Franklin County were unemployed in July and looking for a job. That's down from the 1,806 persons who were unemployed in June and seeking employment.
Lang said 27,158 persons were employed in Franklin County during July in a labor force size of 28,906.
July unemployment rates in neighboring cities and counties: Bedford City, 8.1 percent, down from 9.3 percent in June; Bedford County, 5.8 percent, down from 6.0 percent; Floyd County, 6.2 percent, down from 6.3 percent; Henry County, 10.3 percent, up from 9.8 percent; Martinsville, 16.3 percent, up from 14.2 percent; Patrick County, 7.7 percent, unchanged; Pittsylvania County, 7.6 percent, up from 7.2 percent; Roanoke, 7.5 percent, down from 7.7 percent; Roanoke County, 5.8 percent, up from 5.6 percent; and Salem 6.4 percent, unchanged.
The number of Virginians receiving regular unemployment benefits in July was 52,216, down from 55,195 in June.
Franklin County's unemployment rate includes the towns of Rocky Mount and Boones Mill.