CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (DAILY PROGRESS) -- Unemployment rates across Central Virginia decreased from March to April, according to statistics from the Virginia Employment Commission.

“In April, the number of unemployed fell by 5,957, or 3.5 percent,” VEC economist Ann Lang said in a statement about statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rates. “The labor force contracted, as well, declining by 13,472, or 0.3 percent, as household employment fell by 7,515, or 0.2 percent.”

March’s job gain was revised downward by 2,100 jobs to a gain of 2,800 jobs, according to the statement. April’s job loss followed a job gain totaling 17,600 for the previous two months. In April, private sector employment decreased by 10,000 jobs to 3,196,200, while public sector employment decreased by 2,000 jobs to 710,900.

Unemployment in the Charlottesville Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is made up of the city and Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson counties, decreased to 2.7 percent in April from 3.5 percent in March. In April 2015, the unemployment rate for the MSA was 3.7 percent.

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