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Martinsville leads state in unemployment again
Friday, May 31, 2013
By FROM BULLETIN AND AP REPORTS -
Martinsville’s jobless rate remained the highest in Virginia in April.
The Virginia Employment Commission said the city’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 15 percent with 787 people out of work. That was up from 14.7 percent in March with 766 people out of work, but lower than the April 2012 rate of 16 percent with 861 people jobless.
In Henry County, the April unemployment rate was 8.7 percent with 1,988 people out of work. The county’s March rate was 8.9 percent with 2,026 people out of work. In April 2012, it was 9.5 percent with 2,199 people jobless.
Patrick County’s April rate was 6.9 percent, with 586 people out of work. The March rate was 7.3 percent, with 609 people jobless. In April 2012, Patrick’s rate was 7.2 percent with 623 people out of owrk.
The statewide rate for April was 5 percent.
Nationally, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for April was 7.1 percent. Rates dropped from last year in 276 metropolitan areas, increased in 78 and were flat in 18.
Arlington County had Virginia’s lowest jobless rate with 3.1 percent in April, followed by 3.6 percent in Loudoun and Fairfax counties.
The Danville region had the highest unemployment rate among Virginia’s metropolitan regions at 7.4 percent. The Washington metropolitan region that includes Arlington and Alexandria had the lowest jobless rate of 3.9 percent.