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Fairfax jobs picture shows another month of improvement

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Fairfax County’s jobless rate declined slightly from November to December, part of a relatively stable jobs picture to round out an unusual year.

With 604,093 employed in the civilian workforce and 13,423 looking for jobs, Fairfax’s unemployment rate of 2.2 percent in December was down from 2.3 percent in November and well below the rate of 5.5 percent recorded at the end of 2020.

Figures were reported by the Virginia Employment Commission.

Fairfax’s modest month-over-month decline was on par with some of the other major jurisdictions of Northern Virginia, which also posted drops:

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• Falls Church saw a decline from 1.8 percent in November to 1.7 percent in December.

• The rate in Arlington declined from 2 percent to 1.8 percent, and the rate in the city of Alexandria dropped from 2.4 percent to 2.2 percent.

Loudoun County and Prince William County each saw no change in their jobless rates for December, standing at 2.2 percent and 2.6 percent, respectively.

For Northern Virginia as a whole, December’s jobless rate of 2.3 percent represented 1.58 million in the workforce and 36,600 looking for jobs. December’s rate was unchanged from November and down from 5.3 percent a year before.

Across Virginia’s 133 cities and counties, the lowest jobless rate was turned in by Madison County at 1.6 percent. There was a three-way tie for second (1.7 percent) between Grayson and Highland counties and the city of Falls Church.

Petersburg recorded the highest jobless rate across Virginia for December, at 9 percent, followed by Emporia at 8.6 percent and Greensville County at 6.7 percent.

Non-seasonally-adjusted jobless rates stood at 2.7 percent statewide in December (unchanged from November) and 3.7 percent nationally (down from 3.9 percent).

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