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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Jobless rate drops to 4.9% in April

Monday, June 10, 2013

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

Franklin County's jobless rate dropped to 4.9 percent in April from 5.3 percent in March, according to the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).

The Virginia jobless rate also dropped to 5.0 percent in April from 5.2 percent in March.

Ann D. Lang, VEC senior economist, said the number unemployed statewide in March was 210,574, down from 218,241 in March.

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

The state jobless rate continues to be below the U.S. unemployment rate, which decreased to 7.1 percent in April from the March rate of 7.6 percent.

The VEC said 1,399 persons in Franklin County were unemployed in April and seeking employment. That's down from the 1,505 persons who were jobless in March.

Lang said 26,930 persons Franklin County were employed in April in a labor force size of 28,329.

April unemployment rates in neighboring cities and counties: Bedford City, 7.5 percent, down from 7.8 percent in March; Bedford County, 4.9 percent, down from 5.1 percent; Floyd County 5.4 percent, down from 5.7 percent; Henry County, 8.7 percent, down from 8.9 percent; Martinsville, 15.0 percent, up from 14.4 percent; Patrick County, 6.9 percent, down from 7.3 percent; Pittsylvania County, 6.0 percent, down from 6.2 percent; Roanoke City, 6.5 percent; up from 6.4 percent; Roanoke County, 4.5 percent, down from 4.6 percent; and Salem, 5.6 percent, up from 5.4 percent.

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

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