Though still above twice as high as it was pre-pandemic, Arlington’s swollen jobless rate continues on the mend in new state data.
With 141,770 county residents employed in the civilian workforce and 5,944 looking for jobs, the county’s jobless rate for February stood at 4 percent, according to data reported April 7 by the Virginia Employment Commission.
That’s down from a revised figure of 4.3 percent in January, but well above the 1.6-percent rate recorded in February 2020, before the pandemic arrived.
Arlington’s decline was mirrored, to varying degrees, in major jurisdictions across the local suburbs. In February, the unemployment rate stood at 3.5 percent in Falls Church, down from 3.9 percent a year before, while in Loudoun County it was 4.3 percent (down from 4.6 percent). In Fairfax County it was 4.8 percent (down from 5.1 percent) and in Prince William County it was 5.5 percent (down from 5.8 percent).
For Northern Virginia as a whole, the jobless rate in February stood at 4.8 percent, representing 1,525,262 residents in the civilian workforce and 76,756 looking for jobs.
Among Virginia’s 134 cities and counties, the lowest jobless rates for the month were recorded in Madison County (3.4 percent), Falls Church (3.5 percent), Poquoson (3.6 percent) and Frederick County (3.8 percent). The highest rates were found in the cities of Petersburg (14.3 percent), Emporia (10.9 percent), Hopewell (10.4 percent) and Martinsville (9.8 percent).
For Virginia as a whole, February’s jobless rate of 5.4 percent was down from 5.7 percent a month before, but was up from 2.5 percent a year before.