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Jobs in Virginia Hold Steady

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.

Other industries that saw an over-the-year jobs decrease during April include:

  • manufacturing by 9.4 percent
  • trade, transportation and utilities by 3.5 percent
  • information by 8.9 percent
  • financial activities by 1.3 percent
  • professional and business services by 2.5 percent
  • leisure and hospitality by 2.1 percent
  • other services by .1 percent
  • Only three industries saw an over-the-year increase in jobs during April. The mining and logging industry employed 11,100 workers, down from 11,200 workers during March, but a .9 percent increase from last year. The education and health services industry employed 440,200 workers, up from 437,700 workers during March and a .9 percent increase from last year. The government industry employed 700,500 workers, down from 701,300 workers during March, but a 1.5 percent increase from last year.