Wednesday, May 7, 2014
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Franklin County's jobless rate dropped to 5.2 percent in March from 5.4 percent in February, according to the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC)
Virginia's jobless rate dropped to 5.3 percent in March from the February rate of 5.4 percent.
The state jobless rate continues to be below the national rate of 6.8 percent, according to Ann D. Lane, VEC senior economist.
The VEC said 1,505 persons were unemployed in March and actively seeking employment. That's down from the 1,526 persons who were unemployed in February and looking for a job.
Lang said 27,207 persons were employed in March in a labor force size of 28,712.
Statewide, 227,808 persons were unemployed in March and seeking employment. That's down from 224,885 that were jobless in February.
March unemployment rates in neighboring cities and counties: Bedford City, 7.6, up from 6.7 in February; Bedford County, 5.5 percent, unchanged; Floyd County, 5.6 percent, down from 5.7 percent; Henry County, 8.3 percent, down from 8.6 percent; Martinsville, 11.7 percent, up from 11.4 percent; Patrick County, 6.4 percent, down from 6.6 percent; Pittsylvania County, 6.5 percent, down from 6.6 percent; Roanoke City, 6.2 percent, down from 6.3 percent; Roanoke County, 4.9 percent, unchanged; and Salem, 5.3 percent, up from 5.2 percent.
Franklin County's unemployment rate includes the towns of Rocky Mount and Boones Mill.