The number of jobs in Virginia’s health-care and human services sectors increased by 2.5 million jobs last month, the state Department of Commerce said in a statement Tuesday.
That’s a 1.7% increase from July.
Virginia has been struggling to get its economy back on track following the March 2018 hurricanes.
The state’s unemployment rate, which dropped to 7.6% in June, was last revised at 8.9%.
It is expected to stay low at 7.1% this month.
Last month, unemployment in Virginia hit its lowest level since the Great Recession.
The labor force participation rate, a measure of the share of the workforce that is either employed or looking for work, remained steady at 63.7%, down from 65.9% in April.
The unemployment rate in the state was 6.3% last month.
In Virginia, the average monthly salary for an employee is $50,749, according to the most recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The average monthly wage for an independent contractor is $36,976, according the Bureau.
Virginia’s unemployment rates are among the lowest in the country.
The median wage for full-time workers in Virginia is $18,564, according a Labor Department survey.
The jobless rate in Virginia has held steady since March 2018.
It has been 5.4% since April, according, to data from the BLS.
The national average for unemployment is 7.4%, according to data released by the Bureau in May.
The Census Bureau projects that the jobless figure will stay low for the next year, which could lead to a longer period of time before a recession hits the state.
The most recent BLS data showed that the unemployment rate is 5.6%, which is below the national average of 7.9%, and the Bureau expects the job-force participation rate to decline by 2 percentage points next year.
The last time the state’s jobless rates were this low was in August 2017.