Arlington will have to share the title of lowest jobless rate in Virginia for at least a month.
With 150,932 county residents in the civilian workforce and 3,216 looking for jobs, Arlington’s unemployment rate for March stood at 2.1 percent, unchanged for a month before and tied with the adjacent city of Falls Church as lowest among the commonwealth’s 133 cities and counties.
Figures were reported May 2 by the Virginia Employment Commission.
The rather flat result for Arlington was mirrored in many other Northern Virginia localities: Falls Church’s unemployment rate of 2.1 percent was down from 2.2 percent, while Alexandria was unchanged at 2.3 percent; Fairfax and Loudoun counties each posted reductions from 2.6 percent to 2.5 percent; and Prince William County posted a decline from 2.9 percent to 2.8 percent.
Across Northern Virginia as a whole, the non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in March was 2.6 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from a month before and representing 1.62 million in the civilian workforce and 42,400 looking for jobs.
Statewide, the unemployment rate dropped from 3.2 percent to 3 percent, while household employment set a new record. For the month, private-sector employment across the commonwealth was up by 7,200 jobs, with public-sector positions increasing by 800.
The leisure-and-hospitality sector was among those seeing a bump up in jobs for the month, while construction and manufacturing dipped 500 jobs apiece.
Among Virginia’s counties and cities, the lowest jobless rates for the month were turned in by Arlington and Falls Church, followed by Alexandria and, tied at 2.5 percent each, Fairfax and Loudoun counties and the cities of Fairfax and Charlottesville.
For the month, the highest jobless rates were found in Northumberland County (6.6 percent), Lancaster County (6.4 percent), Petersburg (5.9 percent), Northampton County (5.8 percent) and Emporia (5.7 percent).
Outside the Washington metropolitan area, the lowest jobless rates were found in the Charlottesville and Winchester metro areas at 2.8 percent each. Kingsport-Bristol (3.7 percent) and Lynchburg (3.5 percent) had the highest rates for the month.
For full data, see the Website at www.virginialmi.com.