Va. Jobless Rate Stays Below National Average

May 20, 2012

Virginia's unemployment rate remained at the lowest rate in three years in April and is still below the national average.

The Virginia Employment Commission says Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stayed at 5.6 percent in April. That's down 0.6 percentage points lower than a year ago.

Virginia's jobless rate has been trending down since January 2010, when joblessness peaked at 7.3 percent.

Officials say nonfarm employment increased by 23,400 jobs in April. It was the third consecutive monthly increase.

Virginia's rate is still below the national average, which dropped to 8.1 percent in April.

The Labor Department says unemployment rates fell in two-thirds of U.S. states last month, evidence that modest economic growth is boosting hiring in most areas of the country.

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