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Local jobless rates are dropping

The unemployment rate in Gloucester was 3.3% in April, down from 4.5% in March and from a high of 10.4% reported in April 2020 by the Virginia Employment Commission.

Twelve months ago, the economy was reeling in the wake of business shutdowns statewide and nationwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The jobless rate in Mathews has similarly declined, to 3% in April, from 4% in March, and 9% in April 2020.

Virginia’s unemployment rate was 4.7% in April, VEC said.

Sherry Spring, Director of Economic Development in Gloucester, said, “We are proud of our local businesses and greatly appreciate the overwhelming support they received from our residents over the past 12 months. Gloucester’s economy is doing well while attracting new businesses to provide residents with a variety of employment opportunities.”

Gloucester board of supervisors chairman Robert “JJ” Orth said, “This illustrates the strength of our local businesses and their perseverance during this unprecedented time.”...

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