N.Va. unemployment, June 2020

Fairfax County joined most other Northern Virginia jurisdictions in continuing to claw back from the depths of the initial blast of COVID-19 and the government-mandated economic shutdown in June, according to new federal jobless data.

The county’s unemployment rate of 8.1 percent was down from 8.5 percent in May, according to figures reported July 29 by the Virginia Employment Commission.

Most major Northern Virginia jurisdictions saw their jobless rates stay steady or decline from May to June. The only outlier was the smaller city of Falls Church, whose rate – though still best in the commonwealth – bumped up a tick from 4.8 percent to 4.9 percent.

Arlington’s jobless rate was steady at 5.9 percent, while Loudoun County’s rate declined from 8.1 percent to 7.7 percent; Alexandria’s dipped from 8.4 percent to 8.3 percent; and Prince William County’s rate dropped from 9.8 percent to 9.2 percent.

In Northern Virginia as a whole, the unemployment rate dipped from 8.3 percent in May to 8 percent in June, representing 1.52 million in the civilian workforce and 132,000 looking for jobs.

Northern Virginia in June continued to outperform the commonwealth as a whole (Virginia’s jobless rate dipped from 8.9 percent to 8.5 percent), while the Old Dominion was outperforming the nation (national unemployment dropped from 13 percent to 11.2 percent).

Among the state’s cities and counties, Falls Church had the lowest jobless rate, followed by Madison County (5.1 percent), Highland County (5.2 percent) and the city of Poquoson (5.7 percent). Tied at 5.9 percent were Arlington, Augusta and Rappahannock counties.

Petersburg (17.9 percent), Emporia (14.4 percent) and Bath County and the city of Martinsville (14.3 percent each) had the highest unemployment rates for the month.

Nationally, unemployment fell 3.2 million from May to June to stand at 17.8 million, while total employment rose 4.9 million to 142.2 million, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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