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Unemployment in Caroline County down to 5.3 percent

Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 4:29 pm

The Virginia Employment Commission today released its jobs report for April, which shows that Caroline County’s unemployment rate has declined to 5.3 percent.

The report also listed the number of county residents employed as 14,264—an all-time record high level.

The number of unemployed dropped from 1,021 in January to 794 in April. The number of employed county citizens rose by 505 from December 2013 to April of this year.

Unemployment reported elsewhere in the region: Fredericksburg, 4.9 percent (nearly half of last year’s percentage under new VEC guidelines); King George, 5.5 percent; Spotsylvania, 4.3 percent; and Stafford, 4.4 percent.

Virginia’s unemployment rate is 4.7 percent while the national rate is 5.9 percent. The City of Martinsville continues to experience the highest unemployment in the Commonwealth at 11.2 percent. Arlington County now shares its place as the community with the lowest unemployment rate with the City of Falls Church at 3.2 percent.

Caroline County’s increase in employment does not count recent announcements that include new hiring at McKesson, Value City, and Taco Bell.