Unemployment numbers on the decline

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – It's good news for the state economy and people looking for jobs here in the Richmond metro area. Lower unemployment rates are giving hope to those unemployed in our area.

"Currently at the moment I am homeless looking for a job," said Kenyanna Snead.

The 19-year-old was one of many people crowded at a Henrico job fair Wednesday. While low unemployment number shows more people are working, she still felt for others in similar situations to hers.

"It's ridiculous," said Snead. "It makes me feel just sad because I know for people out there like me, homeless, people are out here they need jobs and there aren't many."

But the numbers are still encouraging for Snead and others on the job hunt. The unadjusted April rate fell to 5.8%. It's the first time it's been below 6% since December of 2008. In Richmond alone though the number is at 6.6% but this is still good for the economy.

"It is good news although those are April numbers and we don't know what the May numbers are going to be but we're hopeful that the unemployment rate will hold at that level or go slightly below," said Tim Kestner with the Virginia Employment Commission.

"I was expecting more people than this," said Robyn Harvey at a job fair Wednesday.

The short line as she entered the door to this job fair was proof for Harvey that more people are working. She just hopes the unemployment numbers continue to drop.

"We'll have a lot less people that's homeless," said Harvey. "We'll have less people in the streets."

It's important to point out that the 5.8%  unemployment rate has not been seasonally adjusted. Those rates still show a decline but just by .1%.

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