July 29, 2007
Virginia saw a slight increase in unemployment last month reported the Virginia Employment Commission. The state's jobless rate rose in June to 3.2 percent.
That number is the same rate as last June, but the highest number in four months. On the other hand, the civilian labor force in Virginia rose to a new high of 4,091,600 employees.
The unemployment rate in Charlottesville was 2.8 percent for June, well below the state and national averages and ranking second among Virginia's top 10 metropolitan areas.
Virginia's unemployment rate is still lower than the national figure of 4.7 percent. The Virginia Employment Commission links the increase to college graduates seeking jobs and students looking for summer work.
Arlington County has the lowest unemployment rate at 2.4 percent while Danville has the highest at 6.4 percent.