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Charlottesville area continues to weather economic storms

Job seekers at a local Workforce Center
Job seekers at a local Workforce Center
AP/Rick Bowmer

Charlottesvillle unemployment remains below national rates, though job loss industry areas differ slightly. Take advantage of available tools to stay aware of employment changes in your area.

The Charlottesville area, by now accustomed to surviving blizzards, continues to weather the nation's economic storms with an unemployment rate nearly half the national average. A report released by the Department of Labor on Friday placed the current national unemployment at 9.7%.

In contrast, the Charlottesville MSA's unemployment rate is 5.4%, according to the Virginia Employment Commission's (VEC) latest data.  The figure includes unemployment data for the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson. 

Nationwide, job losses continued in construction and in transportation and warehousing, with little change in manufacturing. The Charlottesville area's most recent job losses were in construction and accommodation and food services, followed by administrative and waste services, health care and social assistance, and professional and technical services

Charlottesville industry areas with the fewest job losses include military specific occupations, legal services, personal care and service occupations, community and social services, and protective services.

Select your county or city in this Virginia map to get detailed employment and unemployment information. To learn more about a location's employment, industry or occupation status, browse the labor market information section at the Virginia Workforce Connection. Their easy-to-use labor market information tools make researching and analyzing employer and labor market information simple and fast.  

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