Page County’s unemployment rate climbs to 4.3% for January

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By Randy Arrington

LURAY, March 28 — The Virginia Employment Commission recently released January 2022 Local Area Unemployment Rates that show Page County’s jobless claims rose more than a full point from the previous month, after six months of steady declines.

With 518 claims for unemployment insurance among a workforce of 12,028 — Page County reported a jobless rate of 4.3 percent for January 2022. In December, that figure stood at just above 3 percent — the lowest rate since November 2019. Employment in the county totaled 11,510 for January — a decrease of 99 jobs from December. There were 135 more unemployment claims filed.

In January 2020, the county’s jobless rate stood at 6.7 percent with 779 unemployment claims filed. This January, Page County had 684 more people employed than it did a year ago.

The Lord Fairfax Planning District reported a regional unemployment rate of 3 percent for January 2022, a slight increase from December’s 2.7 percent. Every jurisdiction in the region saw a mild increase in unemployment claims from December to January, in large part due to seasonal jobs. The planning district reported a jobless rate of 4.3 percent in January 2020 with 5,318 claims for unemployment insurance, compared to 3,796 this January.

Madison County reported the lowest unemployment rate in Virginia for January at 2.3 percent. The City of Petersburg continued to report the highest unemployment rate in the commonwealth at 9 percent.

Here’s a look at January 2022 unemployment rates across the region and rankings among Virginia’s 133 localities:

2.3% — Madison County, 1st

• 2.7% — Frederick and Rockingham counties, 4th

• 2.8% — Clarke County, 10th

• 2.9% — Rappahannock County, 21st

• 3.0% — Shenandoah County and City of Winchester, 27th

• 3.1% — Warren County, 33rd

• 3.5% — City of Harrisonburg, 71st

• 4.3% — Page County, 103rd

Virginia posted a statewide unemployment rate of 3.4 percent for January 2022, up from 2.7 percent the previous month. One year ago, the Commonwealth posted a jobless rate of 5 percent with 209,684 unemployment claims. Those claims dropped to 146,280 this January.

The U.S. unemployment rate for January 2022 stood at 4.4 percent, an increase from December’s 3.7 percent. Last year, U.S. unemployment for January was at 6.8 percent with nearly 10.9 million out of work. This January, nationwide jobless claims dropped to 7.2 million.

For additional information on unemployment insurance in Virginia, access the VEC’s U.I. claims data dashboard (https://www.vec.virginia.gov/ui-claims-dashboard)

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