Virginia’s unemployment rate remains steady

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Virginia’s unemployment rate remained steady at 6.5 percent in October.

The rate was 0.1 percentage point lower than the October 2009 unemployment rate.

Virginia remains below the national unemployment rate of 9.6 percent.

The seasonably adjusted unemployment remained at 6.8 percent in October. Virginia’s adjusted rate, which accounts for seasonal changes in the work force, has been declining since it reached 7.3 percent in March. In October, the national, seasonably adjusted rate fell 0.2 percentage point to 9 percent.

The number of Virginians receiving regular unemployment benefits was 61,088 in October, which was up from 57,522 in September but down from 77,830 in October 2009.

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