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Unemployment drops in Virginia metro areas

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The unemployment rate in all of Virginia’s metro areas dropped in October, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.

Northern Virginia had the lowest jobless rate among 11 metro areas at 4 percent, down from 4.3 percent in September. Danville had the highest unemployment rate: 7.7 percent, down from 7.9 percent.

The VEC jobless figures were not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations in the job market.

The Charlottesville area ranked second among metro areas with low unemployment with a rate of 4.5 percent, down from 4.7 percent in September.

The Harrisonburg and Winchester areas tied for third at 5.3 percent, down from 5.5 percent and 5.7 percent, respectively.

The figures for other metro areas were:

Roanoke: 5.5 percent, down from 5.8 percent.

Blacksburg: 5.6 percent, down from 5.9 percent.

Lynchburg: 5.9 percent, down from 6.3 percent.

Richmond: 6 percent, down from 6.2 percent.

Hampton Roads: 6.1 percent, down from 6.3 percent.

Bristol: 6.8 percent, down from 7.3 percent.

The unadjusted unemployment rate for Virginia during October was 5.4 percent, down from 5.6 percent in September. The national jobless rate was 7.5 percent.

The seasonally adjusted rates for the commonwealth and the nation for October were 5.7 percent and 7.9 percent, respectively.

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