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Fairfax jobless rate down slightly in latest data

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Fairfax County’s jobless rate declined slightly from May to June, part of a general regional trend, and remained well below levels of a year ago, according to new data.

With 613,336 county residents employed in the civilian workforce and 15,787 looking for jobs, Fairfax’s unemployment rate stood at 2.5 percent in June, compared to 2.6 percent in May, based on figures reported Aug. 3 by the Virginia Employment Commission.

The county’s jobless rate had stood at 4.1 percent in June 2021, according to state figures.

Across Northern Virginia, month-over-month jobless rates in June tended to be either static or slightly down. Aside from Fairfax, the rates were 2.1 percent in Arlington (down from 2.2% a month before), 2.2 percent in Falls Church (unchanged), 2.4 percent in Alexandria and in Loudoun County (down from 2.5% in each case), and 2.8 percent in Prince William County (down from 2.9%).

For Northern Virginia as a whole, the jobless rate in June stood at 2.5 percent, down from 2.6 percent a month before and representing just over 1.6 million employed residents and a little more than 42,000 seeking jobs.
Virginia’s unemployment rate for June was 2.9 percent, down from 3 percent, while the national rate of 3.8 percent was up from 3.4 percent a year before.

Across the commonwealth’s 133 cities and counties, Highland County had the lowest jobless rate (2%), followed by Arlington and Madison counties (2.1%) and King George and Grayson counties (2.3%).

They were all among the 65 Virginia localities – almost half – that posted jobless figures of 3 percent or less.

On the other side of the coin, five jurisdictions saw jobless rates at or above 5 percent for the month: Petersburg (6.6%), Emporia (5.1%) and Buchanan County and Hopewell (5% each).

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