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Three metro areas record jobless rates below 6 percent

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Three of the commonwealth’s 11 metro areas had unemployment rates below the state average in July, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.

The unadjusted jobless rate for the state during the month was 6 percent while the seasonally adjusted rate was 5.9 percent.

Nationally, the unemployment rate was 8.6 percent unadjusted and 8.3 percent seasonally adjusted.

The adjusted rates take into account seasonal changes in the work force.

The Northern Virginia metro area near Washington, D.C., had the lowest jobless rate in Virginia for July, 4.5 percent.

The next lowest rate was recorded in the Charlottesville area, 5.3 percent. The Winchester area followed at 5.8 percent.

The highest unemployment rate was recorded in the Danville area, 9 percent. The Bristol area was second-highest, at 8 percent.

The jobless rates for other areas were:

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, 7.1 percent

Hampton Roads (Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News), 6.8 percent

Harrisonburg, 6.4 percent

Lynchburg, 7 percent

Richmond, 6.7 percent

Roanoke, 6.4 percent

Among individual cities and counties throughout the state, Martinsville had the highest unemployment rate, 16.3 percent, while Arlington County had the lowest rate, 3.5 percent.

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