October 8, 2021
A publication by Gloucester's Department of Community Engagement and Public Information
Post-COVID Unemployment Figures Continue to Improve in Gloucester

Gloucester County continues to see improvement in its economy following the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the August unemployment figures released last week by the Virginia Employment Commission, the unemployment rate in August is 3.2%, down from 3.3% in July. Also, the number of unemployed residents in August was 608, down from 633 in July.

“The numbers continue to decrease, indicating that our residents are finding new job opportunities,” said Sherry Spring, Gloucester’s Economic Development Director. “The really good news is that we are getting closer to our lowest unemployment rate of 2.5%, which was the rate before COVID-19 hit in March of 2020.” In April of 2020, Gloucester’s unemployment rate had climbed to 10.2% as the pandemic forced some businesses to lay off their employees.

Spring added that Gloucester’s August unemployment rate remains lower than the statewide rate of 3.8%, and the rate of the Hampton Roads region, which sits at 4.4%.

“These numbers indicate that our local businesses are eager to hire and that our residents want to get back to work,” Spring added.
New Podcast Launched Discussing Voting Security and the Potential for Bike Paths in Gloucester
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Gloucester County Continues to Ask for Citizen input for Multimodal Transportation Study

Throughout the month of October, Gloucester County is conducting a Multimodal Transportation Study focused on safe places to walk, bike, and access transit throughout the County. Over the coming months, the County will work to engage local residents and visitors to provide important input for the study.

Rappahannock Community College Scholarship Application Now Open
Rappahannock Community College's scholarship application for the 2022/2023 academic year is open from October 1 through February 19, 2022. Any student planning to enroll at RCC for the 2022/2023 academic year is encouraged to apply. Applicants simply complete one on-line application form to be considered for over 300 scholarship awards. Scholarships can be combined with federal and state financial aid or used alone to cover the cost of RCC tuition and fees. Completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is highly recommended in order to help match students with funding.

The average scholarship amount is $1,561, which represents approximately 30% of full-time tuition and fees and even more if a student attends part-time.

For more information and to access the online application, visit www.rappahannock.edu/scholarships or call Scholarship Specialist Beth Robins at 804-333-6708.

If you are interested in learning how to establish a scholarship, contact Sarah Pope at 804-333-6705.

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Nonprofit Management Institute to Host Forum on Equity Hiring

All are welcome! appropriate social distancing will be in place as well as plexiglass partitions between seats. To learn more click here. To apply for training funds click here. For the $10 member discount code, email karen@networkpeninsula.org
Gloucester County is recruiting for a number of positions!

For more information, to apply, and review full job descriptions, please visit https://www.gloucesterva.info/347/Job-Opportunities
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