For all the economic woes of the nation, employment in Charlottesville (and even Virginia as a whole) continues to be strong, according to the most current month for which statistics are available. While unemployment has climbed seven-tenths of a percentage point in America since September, 2001, it's virtually unchanged locally.

Locality Sept, 2002 Sept, 2001

 Albemarle: 2.1% 2.0

Charlottesville: 2.9% 2.9

Virginia: 4.1% 4.0

U.S.: 5.4% 4.7

source: The Virginia Employment Commission