Monday, August 5, 2013
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Franklin County's jobless rate increased to 5.7 percent in June from 5.4 percent in May, according to the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).
The Virginia jobless rate also increased in June to 6.0 percent from 5.6 percent in May.
Ann D. Lang, VEC senior economist, said the number unemployed statewide in June was 254,051, up from 237,691 in May.
Unemployment rate usually increases from May to June as college graduates and students enter the labor market seeking employment, Lang said.
The state jobless rate continues to be below the U.S. unemployment rate, which increased to 7.8 percent from 7.3 percent in May.
The VEC said 1,629 persons in Franklin County were unemployed in June, up from 1,557 persons who were unemployed in May and seeking employment.
Lang said 26,955 persons in Franklin County were employed in June in a labor force size of 28,854.
June unemployment rates in neighboring cities and counties: Bedford City, 8.6 percent, up from 7.3 percent in May; Bedford County, 6.1 percent, up from 5.5 percent; Floyd County, 6.1 percent, up from 5.7 percent; Henry County, 9.3 percent; up from 9.1 percent; Martinsville, 14.0 percent, down from 14.8 percent; Patrick County, 7.6 percent, up from 7.4 percent; Pittsylvania County, 6.8 percent, up from 6.6 percent; Roanoke City, 7.5 percent, up from 7.1 percent; Roanoke County, 5.6 percent; up from 5.1 percent; and Salem, 6.6 percent, up from 6.2 percent.
Franklin County's jobless rate includes the towns of Rocky Mount and Boones Mill.