One of the few states that didn’t see an increase in unemployment during April, jobs in Virginia are continuing to hold their own.
During April, the State of Virginia saw its unemployment rate come in at 6.8 percent, even with the March unemployment rate and lower than the national unemployment rate of 8.9 percent. The state had a total non-farm employment of 3,669,000 workers during April, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 3,673,100 workers during March and a 2.7 percent decrease from last year.
As has been the case in most places during the last few months, the construction industry took the biggest hit. The industry employed 194,100 workers during April, down from 197,600 workers during March and a 14.4 percent decrease from last year.