Jobless Rates Up In Valley

But Still Lower Than Last Year

Posted: August 1, 2013

HARRISONBURG — Unemployment inched up in the Shenandoah Valley in June, but rates remain lower than at the same point last year.


Figures released Tuesday by the Virginia Employment Commission show the jobless rate in the Harrisonburg metro area reached 6.1 percent in June, 0.4 percent more than May’s rate but still below the 6.6 percent seen in June 2012.


The metro area, which includes the city and Rockingham County, saw its lowest unemployment rate in 4½ years in April before posting two months of higher joblessness. At 4.6 percent, it was the lowest level since December 2008’s 4.4 percent.


Local unemployment rates are following the same upward trend as the state and national figures.


The seasonally adjusted U.S. unemployment rate for June was 7.8 percent, up from 7.3 percent in May. Virginia, meanwhile, had a jobless rate of 6 percent, up from 5.6 percent in May.


Local rates are not adjusted to account for seasonal changes.


The city of Harrisonburg saw the biggest month-over-month spike in unemployment in the area.


From May to June, it jumped from 6.9 percent to 7.6 percent. In June 2012, the rate stood at 7.9 percent.


In Rockingham County, which typically has a lower jobless level than the city, the unemployment rate in June was 5.3 percent, compared to 4.9 percent the month prior. In June 2012, it was 5.8 percent.


Augusta County’s rate rose from 5.1 percent in May to 5.4 percent in June. It was 5.9 percent in June of last year.


Page County saw its jobless rate increase from 8.4 percent to 8.6 percent over the month-to-month period. Its level was 9.4 percent in June 2012.


Shenandoah County’s unemployment rate rose 0.4 percent to 6.3 percent in June, compared to 6.8 percent in the same month last year.


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