Virginia jobless rate rises to 6.7 percent

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Virginia’s unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent in December, up from 6.4 percent November. The Virginia Employment Commission said the number of jobless Virginians stood at 274,900 last month, up 11,800 from the month before.

Unemployment rates also climbed in each of the commonwealth’s 10 biggest metro areas. Northern Virginia had the lowest rate, 4.9 percent, up from 4.7 percent in November. The Danville area had the highest jobless rate, 11.8 percent, up from 11.3 percent the month before.

Martinsville continued to have the highest jobless rate of 134 localities tracked by the VEC, 20.3 percent. Twenty-four localities, mostly along the North Carolina line, had double-digit unemployment rates.

Arlington had the lowest rate of any jurisdiction, 4 percent.

The commonwealth’s seasonably adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in December, also up 0.3 percentage points from November. This rate takes into consideration seasonal fluctuations in the work force. Virginia’s rate ranked as the ninth lowest among the states, tied with Hawaii and Vermont. The national seasonably adjusted rate was 10 percent in December.


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