Virginia Unemployment Dips a Bit in December

February 2, 2011

December unemployment numbers were released throughout the Commonwealth on Wednesday, and they suggest Central Virginia is in better shape than most other parts of the state.

The December jobless rate for Virginia remained around 5 percent. Albemarle County has the lowest rate in the area at 4.8 percent, while Orange County has the highest at 7.3 percent.

Although, all those numbers are below the national seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 9.1 percent.

The city of Martinsville's jobless rate remained the highest in the state. The Virginia Employment Commission says the city's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 18.3 percent, down from 18.9 percent in November and lower than 20 percent for the same month last year. That compares with the statewide average rate of 6.4 percent for the month.

The Danville region led Virginia's metropolitan regions with an unemployment rate of 10.3 percent. The Washington metropolitan region that includes Arlington and Alexandria had the lowest jobless rate of 4.7 percent.

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