The Dec. 3 report from the Labor Department also showed that the nation’s unemployment rate tumbled from 4.6% to 4.2%.
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass the 1.9 trillion dollar relief bill Wednesday in what is expected to be a partisan vote.
Some states are investigating possible irregularities in the numbers.
Local businesses are offering competitive bonuses and incentives to attract workers in a tight labor market.
Advance Auto Parts started as a variety-store chain in Roanoke in the 1930s and is Roanoke’s only Fortune 500 company.
Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) recognized Empire Bakery Commissary and its plan to bring 75 new jobs to Franklin County.
Dynovis, a company that makes products for the aerospace and defense industries, already has an order to fill within the next two months.
President Trump emphasized need for unity and immigration reform in his first State of the Union.
The Rockbridge Area Occupational Center is developing a new supported employment program and will offer a day services facility.
The town is second in job growth in the Shenandoah Valley, but manufacturers are looking for workers with special skills.