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Jobless rate drops to 5.6% in Sept.

Friday, November 9, 2012

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

Franklin County's jobless rate dropped to 5.6 percent in September from the August rate of 5.8 percent, according to the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).

The Virginia jobless rate decreased 0.2 percent to 5.6 percent in September.

Ann D. Lang, VEC senior economist, said the number of unemployed workers in September was 243,285. The number of employed Virginians totaled 4,096,079 in a labor force of 4,339,364.

The state jobless rate continues to be below the U.S. jobless rate of 7.6 percent in September.

In Franklin County, 1,613 persons were unemployed in September and looking for a job. That's down from the 1,675 persons in Franklin County who were jobless in August and seeking employment.

Lang said 27,129 persons were employed in Franklin County during September in a labor force size of 28,742.

September unemployment rates in neighboring cities and counties: Bedford City, 8.8 percent, up from 8.1 percent in August; Bedford County, 5.5 percent, unchanged; Floyd County, 5.7 percent, down from 6.3 percent; Henry County, 9.4 percent, down from 10.1 percent; Martinsville, 14.9 percent, down from 15.9 percent; Patrick County, 7.3 percent, down from 8.9 percent; Pittsylvania County, 6.7 percent, down from 7.2 percent; Roanoke City, 6.9 percent, down from 7.1 percent; Roanoke County, 5.2 percent, down from 5.4 percent; and Salem 5.6 percent, down from 5.7 percent.

The number of Virginians receiving regular unemployment benefits in September was 49,583, down from 50,604 in August.

Initial claims for unemployment benefits in September numbered 23,127, down from 27,127 in August.

Franklin County's unemployment rate includes the towns of Rocky Mount and Boones Mill.

 
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