Martinsville Keeps Top Jobless Rate In June

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The city of Martinsville's jobless rate remained the highest in Virginia in June.

The Virginia Employment Commission says the city's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 17.3 percent, up slightly from May but down from 19.2 percent last June. The statewide average rate for June was 6.3 percent.

Nationally, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for June was 9.3 percent. Rates were lower in June than a year earlier in 224 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 127 areas.

Northern Virginia's Arlington County had the state's lowest jobless rate with 3.9 percent, followed by Loudoun County at 4.4 percent.

The Danville region had the highest unemployment rate among Virginia's metropolitan regions at 9.7 percent. The Washington metropolitan region that includes Arlington and Alexandria had the lowest jobless rate of 4.8 percent.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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