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City unemployment still is highest

Thursday, January 31, 2013

RICHMOND — The city of Martinsville’s jobless rate remained the highest in Virginia in December.

The Virginia Employment Commission said the city’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 15.2 percent, with 939 people out of work. That was down from 15.5 percent in November and 17.3 percent in December 2011.

Henry County’s rate was 9.2 percent in both December and November 2012, and 10.4 percent in December 2011. It ranked 15th in the state.

Those percentages translate into 2,185 county residents out of work in December 2012 and 2,490 people unemployed in December 2011.

Patrick County’s rate was 7.6 in December 2012 with 657 people out of work. That was down from 7.0 percent or 628 people out of work in November 2012, and 8.7 percent or 769 people unemployed in December 2011.

In the Martinsville Micropolitan Statistical area, the unemployment rate was 10.3 percent, with 3,024 people out of work, in December 2012. That was a drop from 10.4 percent in November 2012 and 11.7 percent in December 2011.

Nationally, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for December was 7.6 percent. Rates dropped from last year in 290 metropolitan areas, increased in 68 and were flat in 14.

The statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 5.5 percent, down 0.1 percent from November and 6.1 percent from December 2011.

The state rate of 5.5 percent is the lowest since December 2008 when the rate was 5.3 percent.

Arlington County had Virginia’s lowest jobless rate with 3.3 percent in December, followed by 3.7 percent in Fairfax County.

The Danville region had the highest unemployment rate among Virginia’s metropolitan regions at 7.6 percent. The Washington metropolitan region that includes Arlington and Alexandria had the lowest jobless rate of 4.1 percent.


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