Virginia unemployment remains unchanged in April

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Virginia’s unemployment rate was unchanged in April at 2.9 percent.

Nonetheless, the Virginia Employment Commission’s state’s labor force, the number of workers employed or looking for work, expanded for the tenth consecutive month by 2,637, or 0.1 percent, to set a new record high of 4.36 million.

The Virginia Employment Commission noted that the employment figures for April are seasonally adjusted, meaning that they take into account seasonal fluctuations in the labor force.

The commonwealth’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 8,100 jobs in April to 4.04 million.

That numbers breaks down to 3.3 million private-sector jobs and 723,900 public-sector positions.

In April, employment rose in seven major industry divisions but fell in three others.

The largest job gain occurred in professional and business services, which grew by 3,700 jobs to 762,800.

The largest loss during April occurred in the private education and health services sector, which declined by 1,500 jobs to 545,700.

Mining employment remained unchanged in April at 7,900 jobs.

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