Dec. 5, 2013
The October unemployment rate for Virginia is up slightly from September.
The jobless rate in October was at 5.5 percent, up from 5.3 percent in September. It stayed the same as the jobless rate for October 2012.
The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) says employment gains were made in private education, health services, and leisure and hospitality sectors. Job losses were in the professional, scientific and technical services sector.
VEC said Thursday that the October rate was affected by the partial government shutdown.
Albemarle County was at 4.6 percent, while Charlottesville was at 5.2 percent.
The lowest rates in our area were Greene County, at 4.1 percent, and Madison County at 4.2 percent.
All were well below the national unemployment rate for October of 7 percent.