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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Jobless rate drops to 5.3 % in March

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

Franklin County's jobless rate dropped to 5.3 percent in March from 6.0 percent in February, according to the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).

The Virginia jobless rate also dropped in March to 5.2 percent from 5.7 percent in February.

Ann D. Lang, VEC senior economist, said the number unemployed statewide in March was 218,241, down from 240,597, in February.

March's unemployment rate often shows improvement over February's rate as firms prepare for the tourists season and there is increased activity outside work, Lang said.

The state jobless rate continues to be below the U.S. unemployment rate, which decreased to 7.6 percent in March from the February rate of 8.1 percent.

The VEC said 1,505 persons in Franklin County were unemployed in March and seeking employment. That's down from the 1,697 persons who were jobless in February.

Lang said 26,900 in Franklin County were employed in March in a labor force size of 28,405.

March unemployment rates in neighboring cities and counties: Bedford City, 7.8 percent, down from 10 percent in February; Bedford County, 5.1 percent, down from 6.0 percent; Floyd County 5.7 percent, down from 6.9 percent; Henry County, 8.9 percent, down from 9.6 percent; Martinsville, 14.4 percent, down from 15.4 percent; Patrick County, 7.3 percent, down from 8.1 percent; Pittsylvania County, 6.2 percent, down from 6.8 percent; Roanoke City, 6.4 percent; down from 7.0 percent; Roanoke County, 4.6 percent, down from 5.1 percent; and Salem, 5.4 percent, down from 6.0 percent.

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

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