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Unemployment rates decrease for Pulaski Co.

Unemployment rates for both Pulaski County and Virginia have decreased in April.
Pulaski County’s unemployment rate for April is 11.3 percent, a decrease from the March rate of 14.4 percent. For Virginia, the rate has dropped slightly from 6.9 percent to 6.6 percent, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.
As for other local counties, the rates are as follows:
•City of Radford: 8 percent, which is a decrease from the March rate of 8.7 percent, and an increase from the April 2008 rate of 3.7 percent
•Giles County: 9.5 percent, which is a decrease from the March rate of 10.4 percent, and an increase from the April 2008 rate of 4.3 percent
•Montgomery County: 6.7 percent, which is a decrease from the March rate of 7.3 percent, and an increase from the April 2008 rate of 3.1 percent
•Wythe County: 11.6 percent, which is a decrease from the March rate of 11.8 percent, and an increase from the April 2008 rate of 3.6 percent
The number of unemployed workers in Virginia, on an unadjusted basis, fell by 11,600 from 286, 600 in March to 275,000 in April. While most of the improvement came from seasonal hires in leisure and hospitality during the Easter holiday, there was also slight continued job expansion in health care and computer systems design, according to a press release from the VEC.
For the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford metropolitan area, the April unemployment rate is 8.2 percent, which is a decrease from the March rate of 9.4 percent.
Nine of Virginia’s 10 metropolitan areas experience lower unemployment rates in April. Only the Danville area, which had Easter week temporary factory furloughs, saw unemployment rise from 12.1 percent in March to 12.4 percent. It continues to have the highest metropolitan jobless rate in the state, according to the press release.
In the last two previous years, April has seen the lowest unemployment rate for the entire year. However, unemployment is predicted to remain high throughout the summer, as college and high school graduations in May and June will bring thousands of young workers into the labor market.
In addition, the press release states that the suspension of General Motors and Chrysler vehicle production for the next several months will mean a round of layoffs at suppliers to those two vehicle producers. A number of Chrysler dealer franchises are being permanently terminated in June as well.

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Unemployment rates decrease for Pulaski Co.

Unemployment rates for both Pulaski County and Virginia have decreased in April.
Pulaski County’s unemployment rate for April is 11.3 percent, a decrease from the March rate of 14.4 percent. For Virginia, the rate has dropped slightly from 6.9 percent to 6.6 percent, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.
As for other local counties, the rates are as follows:
•City of Radford: 8 percent, which is a decrease from the March rate of 8.7 percent, and an increase from the April 2008 rate of 3.7 percent
•Giles County: 9.5 percent, which is a decrease from the March rate of 10.4 percent, and an increase from the April 2008 rate of 4.3 percent
•Montgomery County: 6.7 percent, which is a decrease from the March rate of 7.3 percent, and an increase from the April 2008 rate of 3.1 percent
•Wythe County: 11.6 percent, which is a decrease from the March rate of 11.8 percent, and an increase from the April 2008 rate of 3.6 percent
The number of unemployed workers in Virginia, on an unadjusted basis, fell by 11,600 from 286, 600 in March to 275,000 in April. While most of the improvement came from seasonal hires in leisure and hospitality during the Easter holiday, there was also slight continued job expansion in health care and computer systems design, according to a press release from the VEC.
For the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford metropolitan area, the April unemployment rate is 8.2 percent, which is a decrease from the March rate of 9.4 percent.
Nine of Virginia’s 10 metropolitan areas experience lower unemployment rates in April. Only the Danville area, which had Easter week temporary factory furloughs, saw unemployment rise from 12.1 percent in March to 12.4 percent. It continues to have the highest metropolitan jobless rate in the state, according to the press release.
In the last two previous years, April has seen the lowest unemployment rate for the entire year. However, unemployment is predicted to remain high throughout the summer, as college and high school graduations in May and June will bring thousands of young workers into the labor market.
In addition, the press release states that the suspension of General Motors and Chrysler vehicle production for the next several months will mean a round of layoffs at suppliers to those two vehicle producers. A number of Chrysler dealer franchises are being permanently terminated in June as well.

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