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Virginia labor force increases in September

Staff Writer |
Virginia’s nonfarm payroll employment increased by 13,400 jobs in September, up 81,100 jobs compared to last September.

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Since the beginning of the McAuliffe administration, Virginia has experienced an increase of 178,700 jobs.

The September nonfarm payroll employment increase is the fourth consecutive monthly increase and a new record high for nonfarm employment in Virginia.

Virginia’s over-the-year employment growth was 2.1 percent in September, again surpassing the national growth rate, which was 1.7 percent. Over-the-year employment growth in the Commonwealth of Virginia has been positive for the past 30 months.

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was up 0.1 percentage point in September to 4.0 percent and remains 0.2 percentage points below last September.

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues below the national rate, which was up 0.1 percentage point in September to 5.0 percent.

Virginia tied with Arkansas for the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate among the Southeast states.

Virginia had the fourth best rate among the states east of the Mississippi. Virginia has the eleventh lowest unemployment rate in the nation along with Arkansas and Minnesota.

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