Cville Chamber Jobs Report Shows 2nd Year of Growth
A new report from Charlottesville's Regional Chamber of Commerce shows two years in a row of job growth - but that job growth is slowing down. Nearly 1,700 jobs were added in 2012, which is about 100 less than in 2011.
Data for the first six months of this year shows employment in the Charlottesville metropolitan area is about two percent lower than last year.
"The key here is we still see two years in a row that employment is growing, but again we're just kinda concerned - is it growing fast enough to get everybody included, and get those that really want a job back into the job force," said Joe Raichel, chamber board member.
Raichel says one reason for the slowdown may be the declining number of federal, state and even local government jobs. Despite this, the jobs report shows the Charlottesville area has outpaced Virginia job growth in the private sector by nearly double.
Charlottesville's unemployment also dropped slightly to 6.4 percent in July from 6.6 percent in June.