Virginia hits lowest unemployment rate in 2009

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Virginia’s unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent in October from 6.5 percent in September.

The jobless rate marks the state’s lowest unemployment level for 2009 and a continued drop since Virginia hit its peak at 7.3 percent in June.

The seasonally adjusted rate for October was 6.6 percent. That ranked Virginia’s unemployment rate as the seventh-lowest in the nation.

All of Virginia’s metropolitan areas saw jobless rates fall. Northern Virginia again had the lowest rate at 4.7 percent and Danville recorded the highest at 11.2 percent. 

Among individual counties and cities, Arlington County retained the lowest jobless rate with 3.9 percent unemployed, and Martinsville had the highest, with 19.7 percent unemployment.

Virginia typically sees its lowest unemployment rates during the fourth quarter because of additional jobs generated during the holiday season.

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