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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Jobless rate drops to 4.7% in November

Monday, January 20, 2014

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

Franklin County's jobless rate dropped to 4.7 percent in November from 5.1 percent in October, according to the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).

Virginia's jobless rate dropped to 5.0 percent in November from 5.5 percent in October.

Ann D. Lang, VEC senior economist, said the state jobless rate decreased 0.5 percent in November and was 0.4 percent below the November 2012 rate.

"The unemployment rate fell as the number of people seeking work dropped by 22,705 and the labor force contracted by 14,522, with 8,183 additional people working," Lang said.

The Virginia rate continues to be below the national unemployment rate of 6.6 percent, Lang added.

The VEC said 1,336 persons in Franklin County were unemployed in November and actively looking for a job.

That's down from the 1,442 persons in Franklin County who were jobless in October.

Lang said 27,034 persons were employed in Franklin County in a labor force size of 28,370.

Statewide, 210,576 were unemployed and actively looking for a job. A total of 3,992,842 were employed in a labor force size of 4,203,418.

November unemployment rates in neighboring cities and counties: Bedford City, 6.3 percent, down from 7.3 percent in October; Bedford County, 4.9 percent, down from 5.3 percent; Floyd County, 4.9 percent, down from 5.2 percent; Henry County, 7.4 percent, down from 7. 9 percent; Martinsville, 13.7 percent, up from 12.5 percent; Patrick County, 6.1 percent, down from 6.5 percent; Pittsylvania County, 6.0 percent, down from 6.5 percent; Roanoke City, 6.2 percent, down from 6.7 percent; Roanoke County, 4.5 percent, down from 5.0 percent; and Salem, 5.4 percent, down from 5.8 percent.

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

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