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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

County jobless rate drops to 5.1% in October

Monday, December 9, 2013

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

Franklin County's jobless rate dropped to 5.1 percent in October from 5.5 percent in September, according to the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).

Virginia's jobless rate increased in October to 5.5 percent, up from 5.3 percent in September.

The state unemployment rate usually declines from September to October with the employment buildup in public and private schools. However, with the partial federal government shutdown, unemployed increased, household employment declined and the labor force contracted, according to Ann D. Lang, senior VEC economist.

Virginia's unemployment rate continued to be below the national rate, which was at 7.0 percent, unchanged from September.

The VEC said 1,442 persons in Franklin County were unemployed in October and actively seeking employment, up from 1,413 in October.

Lang said 26,929 persons in Franklin County were employed in October in a labor force of 28,371.

Statewide, 233,579 were unemployed and actively looking for a job. A total of 3,984,757 people were employed in a labor force size of 4,218,336.

October unemployment rates in neighboring cities and counties: Bedford City, 7.3 percent, down from 7.4 percent in September; Bedford County, 5.3 percent, up from 4.5 percent; Floyd County, 5.3 percent, down from 5.5 percent; Henry County, 7.9 percent, up from 7.7 percent; Martinsville, 12.5 percent, up from 12.4 percent; Patrick County, 6.5 percent, up from 6.4 percent; Pittsylvania County, 6.3 percent, up from 6.2 percent; Roanoke City, 6.7 percent, up from 6.4 percent; Roanoke County, 5.0 percent, unchanged; and Salem, 5.8 percent unchanged.

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

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