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Jobless rates fall in Virginia metro areas

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Unemployment rates fell in all of Virginia’s metro areas during November, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.

The metro jobless rates, which are not adjusted for seasonal factors, ranged from 4 percent in Northern Virginia to 6.7 percent in the Danville area.

The biggest decline in the unemployment rate, from October to November, was  a 1.8 percentage-point drop in the Bristol area.

The smallest decline were seen in Richmond and Bristol areas, four tenths of a percentage point.

A breakdown shows:

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford area: 5.2 percent in November, down from 5.8 percent in October.
Charlottesville area: 4.1 percent, down from 4.6 percent
Danville area: 6.7 percent, down from 7.2 percent
Hampton Roads: 5.5 percent, down from 6 percent
Harrisonburg area: 4.7 percent, down from 5.3 percent
Bristol area: 6.3 percent, down from 8.1 percent
Lynchburg area: 5.5 percent, down from 6.1 percent
Northern Virginia: 4 percent, down from 4.6 percent
Richmond area: 5.4 percent, down from 5.8 percent
Roanoke area: 5.1 percent, down from 5.6 percent
Winchester area: 4.5 percent, down from 4.9 percent

In addition to the 11 metro areas, unemployment in three additional “micropolitan” areas were:

Culpeper area: 5.2 percent, down from 5.8 percent
Martinsville area: 8.6 percent, down from 8.8 percent
Staunton-Waynesboro area: 4.9 percent, down from 5.2 percent

Statewide the seasonally unadjusted jobless rate for Virginia was 5 percent in November while the national rate was 6.6 percent.

Adjusted for season influences on the labor market, Virginia’s November jobless rate was 5.4 percent while the national rate


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