The civilian labor force increased in both Shenandoah and Warren counties but unemployment rates remained steady from January to February 2019.

A trend of falling unemployment came to an end in January and continued into February. Both counties still show strong unemployment figures, as Shenandoah County’s 3.0 unemployment rate and Warren’s 3.3 rate are both better than the national rate of 4.1. Warren County’s rate is slightly higher than Virginia’s total unemployment rate of 3.1.

Despite the ticks up from the end of 2018, both counties have lower unemployment rates and larger labor forces than they did at the same time last year.

Shenandoah County added 142 men and women to the civilian labor force in January and employed 133 more people. Those gains, coupled with just nine more unemployed persons than in January, led to a sustained unemployment rate of 3.0.

Shenandoah County is tied with Culpeper, Gloucester and Powhatan counties and the City of Staunton, for the ninth lowest rate in the state.

Warren County added 128 people to its labor force and employed 115 more people in February than January 2019. A total of 13 more people were unemployed from January to February.

Contact Max Thornberry at mthornberry@nvdaily.com