Once again, Manassas Park is boasting of the state's lowest unemployment rate at 1.7 percent for April, according to the Virginia Employment Commission. Nearby Manassas reports a 3 percent unemployment rate and Prince William County's is 2.3 percent. Nationally 7.1 percent of the work force is jobless, the commission said. With so many people working, area businesses are experiencing difficulty in finding people to hire, especially in service jobs, clerical and retail sales. The county's Manpower department is offering a summer youth employment and training program designed to provide job training for teen-agers and matching them up with employers who need them. The cities of Manassas and Manassas Park are included in the program, a spokesman said. Last year 175 youth were placed in jobs. For information, call 335-6095.
The Manassas Park City Council recently approved application for a community development block grant for $523,000. The federal funds will be used to build a park in the Independence School area, according to council member Dorothy Bello.
The Prince William County Board of Supervisors last week approved 15 year licenses for two Manassas Park cable companies, the first to receive licenses since the board approved a cable ordinance last February. The two companies, Telesat Communications and Cablevision, dominate the cable market in the western end of the county with approximately 10,000 customers. The licenses cost the companies $1,500 each. Prestige Cable, which serves about 14,000 subscribers, most of them in eastern Prince William, is slated for a public hearing July 2.
The Manassas Choral Society will perform a Broadway review at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Stonewall Middle School in Manassas. Tickets for the show, titled "Family Reunion," are $5 for adults and $3.50 for senior citizens and children under 17.