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Hampton Roads labor force down in February from previous year

Hampton Roads labor force down in February from previous year

The Hampton Roads unemployment rate in February was better than a year earlier, but the labor force contracted, according to Virginia Employment Commission. Hampton Roads, like all other metro areas in Virginia except for Blacksburg, saw its unemployment rate tick up from January to February, VEC senior economist Ann Lang said. Newport News, Hampton and Williamsburg continue to have higher unemployment rates compared to the region. Hampton Roads unemployment increased from 5.5 percent to 5.6 percent month to month but that's still lower than 6.1 percent unemployment in February 2014. Still, comparing February 2014 to February 2015, the number of estimated employed workers in...

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