By Randy Arrington
LURAY — The Virginia Employment Commission recently released June 2022 Local Area Unemployment Rates, which show Page County’s jobless claims remained steady in June after a slight increase in May. Unemployment was fairly flat in month-to-month comparisons across the region and across the commonwealth from May to June. The City of Harrisonburg saw the largest increase in the area at only two-tenths of a percent.
With 383 claims for unemployment insurance among a workforce of 12,921 — Page County reported a jobless rate of 3.0 percent for June 2022. That represents virtually no change from May’s reported 3.0 percent (later adjusted by VEC to 3.1 percent). January’s 4.3 percent unemployment still stands as the highest of 2022 for Page. The lowest rate was April’s 2.8 percent.
Employment in Page County totaled 12,538 for June — an increase of 336 jobs from May’s adjusted employment total of 12,202. There were also three fewer unemployment claims filed in June versus the previous month. The unemployment rate remained the same month-to-month as the civilian workforce in the county also grew by 333.
In June 2021, the county’s jobless rate stood at 5.0 percent with 604 unemployment claims filed. This June, Page County had 1,029 more people employed than it did a year ago.
The Lord Fairfax Planning District reported a regional unemployment rate of 2.61 percent for June 2022, almost identical to May’s 2.67 percent. The planning district reported a jobless rate of 3.87 percent in June 2021 with 4,850 claims for unemployment insurance, compared to 3,367 this June.
Highland County reported the lowest unemployment rate in Virginia for June at 2.0 percent. The City of Petersburg continued to report the highest unemployment rate in the commonwealth at 6.6 percent.
Here’s a look at June 2022 unemployment rates across the region and rankings among Virginia’s 133 localities:
• 2.1% — Madison County, 2nd
• 2.4% — Frederick County, 7th
• 2.5% — Rappahannock County, 14th
• 2.6% — Clarke and Shenandoah counties, 21st
• 2.7% — Rockingham County and the City of Winchester, 32nd
• 2.8 % — Warren County
• 3.0% — Page County, 66th
• 3.7% — City of Harrisonburg, 108th
Virginia posted a statewide unemployment rate of 2.9 percent for June 2022, down slightly from 3.0 percent the previous month. One year ago, the Commonwealth posted a jobless rate of 4.5 percent with 194,600 unemployment claims. Those claims dropped to 127,265 this June.
The U.S. unemployment rate for June 2022 stood at 3.8 percent, an increase from May’s 3.4 percent. Last year, U.S. unemployment for June was at 6.1 percent with 9.9 million out of work. This June, nationwide jobless claims dropped to 6.5 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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