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Virginia’s unemployment rate unchanged in July

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Virginia was one of 18 states that showed no change in their seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July. The Old Dominion’s rate stayed at 7 percent for the second consecutive month, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In addition, Virginia’s jobless rate has improved only by a tenth of a percentage point since May and was little changed from 12 months before when it stood at 6.9 percent.

The total number of unemployed in Virginia stood at 291,500 in July out of a total work force of 4.17 million.

Nationwide, 18 states and the District of Columbia saw a drop in their unemployment rate in July while 14 had increases.

In addition, Virginia was one of 37 states and D.C. that saw its nonfarm payroll employment increase in July, but Virginia’s improvement was weak. The state gained 4,500 jobs during the month, far below the 17,800 new jobs in neighboring D.C. Michigan reported the biggest jobs gain for the month, 27,800.

In selected employment sectors in Virginia, the July results were:
• Construction, down 2,700 jobs
• Manufacturing, up 1,400 jobs
• Trade, transportation and utilities, down 2,400 jobs
• Financial activities, up 500 jobs
• Professional and business services, up 5,800 jobs
• Education and health services, up 5,200 jobs
• Leisure and hospitality, up 1,900 jobs
• Government, down 4,500 jobs


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