Martinsville's unemployment still highest in the stateAn accompanying chart shows that Henry County's unemployment rate has gone up 29% in the last year (from 5.1% in July, 2006 to 6.6% in July, 2007). It's on its way to being number one in the state. With a bullet.
Written by Bill Wyatt, The Martinsville Daily
Martinsville still has the highest unemployment rate in Virginia. The record has stood for the past 90 days. At 8.7 percent unemployment is up 0.3 percent from the month beofre, but down from 9.1 percent over the same period last year. Hooker Furniture's closing is cited as a major factor in the number.
Neighboring Danville is second on the list at 7.0 percent. Henry County is third at 6.6 percent. To our west, Patrick County is at 4.5 percent.
Statewide, Virginia is at 2.4 percent, the lowest number for the Commonwealth in 7 years. (link)
Not a record to be proud of.