New Numbers Out Show Unemployment Increase in the Valley

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The Virginia Employment Commission has released new employment numbers that show unemployment numbers in some parts of the Valley are higher for the month of May compared to April.

These are the latest numbers that the Employment Commission has released.

The President of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Frank Tamberrino said it's pretty common for unemployment to be higher this time of year.

In May, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for the city is 6.9%, which is 1.4% higher than April.

In Rockingham county, there is a 4.9% unemployment rate for May.

Tamberrino said in the county, the rates won't fluctuate as much with farming and manufacturing.

It's worth noting these rates are not adjusted for the time of year.

Tambarrino said that there are a few factors that could account for the jump in Harrisonburg.
One of them is the colleges.
"From a seasonal standpoint...schools out, all the colleges have graduation in May typically the numbers going to bump up a little bit because you've got some of the service industry that steps their employment down knowing that the students and the parents aren't going to be here," said Tamberrino.
Staunton is at 5.9 %, while Page county's unemployment is 8.2 %.

Virginia's numbers as a whole at 5.6% in May are lower compared to the national average.

The national average is 7.3% for May 2013.


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