Virginia unemployment rate at 7 percent
- September 21, 2010
Virginia’s unemployment rate rose slightly in August to 7 percent, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.
The statewide, seasonably adjusted unemployment rate was up 0.1 percentage point from 6.9 percent in July. The unemployment rate was also 6.9 percent in August 2009. The seasonably adjusted unemployment rate for the U.S. was 9.6 percent in August, also up 0.1 percentage point from July.
The non-adjusted rate was 7 percent as well, which remained unchanged from July, but was up 0.1 percentage point from August 2009. This rate usually falls in August, as students return to school. Virginia’s unadjusted rate is below the U.S., which was 9.5 percent in August.
Nonfarm employment fell by 9,500 jobs to 3.6 million in August. Some of the largest job losses occurred in the government (6,000 jobs), where temporary Census jobs ended, miscellaneous services (2,300 jobs), which includes religious, nonprofit and charitable groups, and leisure and hospitality (1,300 jobs), after the peak tourist season ended.
Still, total nonfarm employment in August had 18,700 more jobs than August 2009.