Virginia Employment Commission Unemployment Data

Locally in Southwest Virginia in our designated market areas saw a percentage drop in area unemployment in 2017, according to data collected by the Virginia Employment Commission.
Overall ten localities saw an average drop in unemployment numbers of 1.95%. Buchanan County led with the biggest percentage of a 3.2% drop in unemployment but were tied with Dickenson County for the highest unemployment rate in the region for December of 6.6%.
Data was collected and compiled for Bristol, Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Norton, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Washington and Wise Counties.
Scott County had the lowest unemployment rate in the region last December with 3.4%. Lee County unemployment rates went from 5.0% last December to 6.8% in January 2018. As of today's date the National average is 4.8 % with Lee County Unemployment rates at 5.3%.
 

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