Unemployment Rate Edges Up In July
The unemployment rate in the Richmond region rose slightly in July, but more people are apparently looking for work. Charles Fishburne reports.
The Richmond region's unemployment rate rose from 7.8 percent in June to 7.9 in July, likely reflecting more people have been actively seeking work. VEC says that number grew from about 52 to 53 thousand and the number of people who actually had jobs crept up by 848 in one month to 605,574. Education and health services employment was up, tourism and manufacturing down. Professional and business services gained 400 jobs. Martinsville again had the highest unemployment in the state at 20.6 percent, Loudon County the lowest at 4.8. The state average in July was 7.1 percent, compared to a national average of 9.7.