The Charlottesville MSA’s unemployment has gone from 2.8% to 5.6% in the span of a year, Brandon Shulleeta reports in the Progress. That rate is a bit rosier than the statewide 7% average, which is better still than the national 8.9% average. As always, the worst unemployment rate is in Martinsville, the city of 15,000 that’s about three hours SSW of C’ville. Charlottesville fares well, as it long has, thanks to the University of Virginia; those of us who work there have pretty secure jobs.
It would be interesting to see the unemployment rate of non-UVA jobs. Presumably that’s closer to the statewide average.