The Hampton Roads jobless rate barely ticked up from May to June, but labor data shows more people are employed compared to a year ago.
While the unemployment rate inreased from 5.8 percent to 5.9 percent from month to month, the rate is still down from 6.4 percent in June last year, according to the latest Virginia Employment Commission data.
Looking at month to month changes, which doesn't take into account seasonal factors, the region had 843 more people listed as unemployed and 3,779 more people counted as employed.
The number of unemployed workers usually increases from May to June because of college graduates and students entering the labor force.
Compared to June a year ago, the region had 4,077 fewer people counted as unemployed and 10,680 more listed as employed. The labor force grew by 6,603 people year over the year. These numbers are also not seasonally adjusted.
This compares to a slight increase in Virginia unemployment from 5.3 percent in May to 5.4 percent in June. Nationwide, the unemployment rose slightly from 6.1 percent to 6.3 percent.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Hampton Roads region added 2,700 jobs from May to June and added 1,100 jobs from June 2014. Read more about the jobs report here.
To look at the data for yourself, visit VirginiaLMI.com.
Local unemployment rates (in percent)
AreaJun. 2014May. 2014Jun. 20135 Year Annual Average 2009 - 201310 Year Annual Average 2004 - 2013Virginia5.45.36.06.45.0Hampton Roads18.104.22.168.95.3Mathews County22.214.171.124.74.3Poquoson126.96.36.199.54.1Gloucester County188.8.131.52.04.4James City County5.15.05.55.74.4Virginia Beach 184.108.40.206.04.6York County5.25.05.45.64.3Chesapeake 220.127.116.11.45.0Isle of Wight County5.55.46.06.54.9Suffolk6.06.46.67.05.4Newport News18.104.22.168.65.9Hampton 22.214.171.124.06.1Portsmouth 126.96.36.199.66.7Norfolk188.8.131.52.26.5Williamsburg 8.78.39.010.48.9
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