Fairfax unemployment rises slightly, but remains low


The percent of workers without work in Fairfax County increased just a tad between July and August, rising 0.1 percent. That works out to a loss of about 700 jobs.

But the unemployment rate, which now sits at 2.5 percent, is still lower than it was in August of 2017 when it was 3.2 percent. It’s also lower than the statewide rate for Virginia, which was 3 percent in August. And it’s lower than the national average of 3.9 percent. (All of these rate are adjusted for the season).

Northern Virginia grows slowly

Over the year ending this past July, 13,700 new jobs were created across Northern Virginia. That’s a boost of 0.9 percent over the previous year. Most of those jobs, 9,200 of them, were in the professional and business services sector. Another 6,000 were added to in mining, logging and construction. On the other hand, the number of state and local government jobs dropped by 12,800.


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Ed Tobias
Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.