Unemployment numbers in Virginia aren’t too bad, but economists still say there’s room for improvement.
Unemployment is down in Virginia from 5.7 percent a year ago and is lower than the national rate (6.1 percent), according to the Virginia Employment Commission. Virginia’s jobless rate stood at 5.3 percent in June, up from 5.1 percent in May.
Keith Hall, a senior research fellow at George Mason’s Mercatus Center in Fairfax, said he thinks Virginia needs continued growth in the labor market and he’s worried about what the government is doing to raise the cost of hiring.Read More →
Gov. Terry McAuliffe has yet to respond to any questions as to how he’ll address the border crisis that’s affecting Virginia. He has too many things on his plate.Read More →
Virginia’s unemployment rate increased for the second month in a row in June, but while the numbers may be cause for concern, one economist says there’s more to the story.
Virginia’s jobless rate stood at 5.3 percent in June, the Virginia Employment Commission reported last week, up from 5.1 percent in May. Virginia is one of only 14 states in which unemployment rose in June, while the rate declined in 22 others. It stayed the same in the remaining 14 states.
But Keith Hall, a senior research fellow at George Mason’s Mercatus Center in Fairfax, said the numbers reported by the Virginia Employment Commission reported are not a good indicator of the real economic situation. That’s because there’s such a high margin of error in the state rate — one percent, versus one-fifth of one percent for national unemployment numbers, Hall said.Read More →
Big-spending Democratic donors take the gold, silver and bronze when it comes to contributions to super PACs so far this election cycle.Read More →
Former New Mexico Gov. Toney Anaya is awaiting potential financial penalties after settling last week with the Securities and Exchange Commission over fraud charges involving a water company for which Anaya worked.Read More →
By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Overlooking the cars just outside the nation’s capital from above Route 617 in Springfield, Virginians plan to protest on Friday over the federal government’s handling of the border crisis.
It is one of many protests planned this weekend by people upset over the border surge.
But just four miles [...]