Governor announces new jobless numbers

Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced an increase of nearly 18,000 more employed Virginians in July, bringing the total to 219,452 more Virginians employed since January 2022. The labor force participation rate also rose .1 of a percentage point to 66.7 percent, the highest rate since November 2012. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Local Area Unemployment Statistics (“LAUS,” or the “household survey”), the labor force in Virginia increased this month by 8,981 to 4,597,232, the largest number of workers since counting began in 1976.