The commonwealth’s jobless rate declined for the second month in a row in April to 5.2 percent, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.
April’s unemployment rate is the lowest since November 2008. The state added more than 12,000 jobs last month.
On Friday, the employment commission reported increases in seven major industry divisions and decreases in four.
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) welcomed the news as progress and tied the gains to his administration’s efforts to boost Virginia’s economy.
“Today’s good news is the direct result of Virginians working together across party lines to get our economy back on track and more Virginians back to work,” said McDonnell, who is in his final year of office and cannot seek reelection due to term limits. “Over the past three years, we’ve focused on putting in place innovative public policies that spur private-sector job creation and help every Virginian, in every community, find the good-paying job they need and deserve. Those actions are working.”
The largest job increase in April occurred in professional and business services, which gained 4,300 jobs. The administrative and support services industry added 3,000 jobs, and employment in trade and transportation grew by 3,600 jobs.
The construction sector posted the largest monthly loss, decreasing 700 jobs. The manufacturing industry lost 600 jobs.
Virginia’s unemployment rate remains below the national rate of 7.5 percent. The state is also faring better this month than its neighbors, including Maryland at 6.5 percent, West Virginia at 6.6 percent, North Carolina at 8.9 percent, Tennessee at 8 percent and Kentucky at 7.9 percent.