Southside jobless rates increase in June

(Danville, Va.) – Jobless rates on the Southside increased slightly in June, with Danville posting the largest gains.

The Virginia Employment Commission says Danville’s unemployment rate posted the biggest leap, increasing from 5.9 percent in May to 6.6 percent in June.

Unemployment rates in Pittsylvania and Charlotte Counties increased by three-tenths of a percent in the month-to-month survey.

Charlotte County’s jobless rate rose from 4.9 percent in May to 5.2 percent in June, while Pittsylvania County’s unemployment rate increased from 4.6 percent in May to 4.8 percent in June.

Martinsville’s unemployment rate increased from 6.8 percent in May to 7.3 percent in June.

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains below the national average, which was up one-tenth of a percentage point in June to 4.4 percent.