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County jobless rate nearly doubles

PULASKI COUNTY — Unemployment in Pulaski County nearly doubled in June, jumping from 4.7 percent in May to 8.5 percent in June.
Pulaski County’s jobless rate was the fourth highest in Virginia for the month.
According to figures released Wednesday by the Virginia Employment Commission, 1,570 were unemployed in Pulaski County during the month, up from 855 in May.
Hefty increases in unemployment were recorded all over Virginia, as the state saw its highest unemployment rate in more than four years.
Virginia recorded a 4.2 percent jobless rate in June, according to William Mezger, Chief Economist for the VEC, up from 3.8 percent in May.
Mezger blamed the higher unemployment on an expected influx of students entering the workforce during the summer on top of an already higher than normal jobless rate due mainly to vehicle industry layoffs.

But, Mezger said, the higher rate was met with the highest-ever level of non-farm employment in Virginia of 3,817,000 jobs.
Pulaski County’s unemployment rate of 8.5 percent was up more than two points from last June’s 6.4 percent rate.
Elsewhere in the New River Valley, Wythe County recorded a jump from 4.5 percent in May to 6.2 percent in June.
Radford saw its rate rise from 5.1 percent to 6.9 percent, while Montgomery County’s unemployment rose from 3.6 percent in May to 4.8 percent in June.
Giles County’s rate rose from 4.2 percent in May to 5.9 percent in June.
Martinsville led the state in unemployment followed by Danville, Williamsburg and Pulaski County. Martinsville’s unemployment rate stood at 11.4 percent.
Arlington County again led the state with the lowest jobless rate at 2.6 percent.

County jobless rate nearly doubles

PULASKI COUNTY — Unemployment in Pulaski County nearly doubled in June, jumping from 4.7 percent in May to 8.5 percent in June.
Pulaski County’s jobless rate was the fourth highest in Virginia for the month.
According to figures released Wednesday by the Virginia Employment Commission, 1,570 were unemployed in Pulaski County during the month, up from 855 in May.
Hefty increases in unemployment were recorded all over Virginia, as the state saw its highest unemployment rate in more than four years.
Virginia recorded a 4.2 percent jobless rate in June, according to William Mezger, Chief Economist for the VEC, up from 3.8 percent in May.
Mezger blamed the higher unemployment on an expected influx of students entering the workforce during the summer on top of an already higher than normal jobless rate due mainly to vehicle industry layoffs.

But, Mezger said, the higher rate was met with the highest-ever level of non-farm employment in Virginia of 3,817,000 jobs.
Pulaski County’s unemployment rate of 8.5 percent was up more than two points from last June’s 6.4 percent rate.
Elsewhere in the New River Valley, Wythe County recorded a jump from 4.5 percent in May to 6.2 percent in June.
Radford saw its rate rise from 5.1 percent to 6.9 percent, while Montgomery County’s unemployment rose from 3.6 percent in May to 4.8 percent in June.
Giles County’s rate rose from 4.2 percent in May to 5.9 percent in June.
Martinsville led the state in unemployment followed by Danville, Williamsburg and Pulaski County. Martinsville’s unemployment rate stood at 11.4 percent.
Arlington County again led the state with the lowest jobless rate at 2.6 percent.