VA Not The Biggest Loser In Jobs

Brent Finnegan -- March 2nd, 2010

A Richmond Times-Dispatch economic columnist writes that Virginia “fared pretty well during the recession” in terms of unemployment rates in the second quarter of 2009. Or, depending on your current employment status, we were the fifth least worst state in the nation for job loss. According to Christine Chmura, Harrisonburg is doing better than most other localities.

Lynchburg and Harrisonburg were the only two metropolitan areas in the state that grew on a year-over-year basis . . . The largest job loss, however, was 17,683 in Fairfax County. (read the full column)

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4 Responses to “VA Not The Biggest Loser In Jobs”

  1. Bill,

    Given that apparently our employment has actually grown, we should not be hit too hard relatively speaking, although undoubtedly there are some individuals in the area who will be affected. Hard to know how many exactly. I would note that the map shows aggregate numbers, not percentages, so states with larger populations look harder hit, which may somewhat distort things.

  2. Bill says:

    It must really be painful to be in both. I find it interesting that Bunning’s state is in the over 10% group.

    http://www.bls.gov/web/mstrtcr1.gif

  3. Well, he is stepping down from office, so can get away with a lot of nonsense, although his colleague, John Kyl from AZ is not, at least not voluntarily yet, and he has been making some statements nearly as silly as Bunning’s, although he has avoided being the one to gum things up with objections fo unanimous consent for key resolutions on this matter.

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