More people found jobs as the civilian labor force expanded in the greater Peninsula area in July, according to the latest labor data.
The greater Peninsula had 4,779 more people in jobs in July than in July last year, according to the Virginia Employment Commission data. The area’s labor force grew by 1,854 workers as 2,925 fewer people were jobless.
The greater Peninsula consists of Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, James City County, Mathews, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg and York. All the area’s localities had unemployment rates lower in July than in July 2017.
Hampton, Newport News and Williamsburg continued to have higher unemployment than the Hampton Roads regionwide July unemployment rate of 3.3 percent, which is significantly down from 4.3 percent in July 2017, according to the VEC data.
Still, Hampton Roads had a higher unemployment rate than Virginia’s 2.9 percent in July.
The number of jobs in Hampton Roads also increased by 8,100 from July 2017 to July 2018, according to VEC data. Manufacturing and shipbuilding, retail trade, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality all saw job gains in July compared with a year earlier.
These figures are not adjusted for seasonal factors. For more information, visit VirginiaLMI.com.
Unemployment rates in July 2018
U.S.: 4.1 percent
Virginia: 2.9 percent
Hampton Roads: 3.3 percent
Gloucester: 2.6 percent
Hampton: 4 percent
Isle of Wight County: 3.1 percent
James City County: 2.9 percent
Mathews County: 2.7 percent
Newport News: 3.6 percent
Poquoson: 2.7 percent
Williamsburg: 4.1 percent
York County: 2.8 percent
(Source: Virginia Employment Commission)
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