State’s employment rate stays unchanged

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Virginia’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in November at 6.4 percent.

The jobless rate was up from 4.6 percent in November 2008 but remains well below the national average.

Virginia’s seasonably adjusted unemployment rate of 6.6 percent ranked eighth lowest in the nation in November.  North Dakota had the lowest rate, 4.1 percent, followed by Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, Utah, Montana and Vermont. The national seasonably adjusted unemployment rate for November was 10 percent. Calculation of the adjusted rate removes seasonable fluctuations in the work force. It is the only jobless statistic used for ranking the states.

Among Virginia’s metropolitan areas, Northern Virginia had the lowest unemployment rate in November at 4.7 percent, followed by Charlottesville, 5.1; Harrisonburg, 5.5; Hampton Roads, 6.6; Lynchburg, 6.7; Roanoke, 7.1; New River Valley, 7.2; Richmond, 7.5; Winchester, 7.6; and Danville, 11.4.

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