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BREAKING: Martinsville drops to No. 2 in unemployment
Galax now has highest rate in state
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
RICHMOND (AP) — Layoffs in construction, the wholesale trade and manufacturing pushed Galax’s jobless rate above Martinsville's to become the highest in Virginia in July.
The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) said Wednesday Galax's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 16.2 percent as the number of people without jobs there nearly doubled to 551 from June to July.
Martinsville, which has long-held the highest jobless rate in Virginia, had the second-highest rate of 12.9 percent in July. That’s down from 13.9 in June.
July was the first month since January 2009 that Martinsville did not lead Virgina in unemployment. The city has led the state in joblessness since May 2007, according to previous Bulletin reports.
The statewide rate for July was 5.8 percent compared with the national rate of 7.7 percent.
Arlington County had Virginia’s lowest with 3.8 percent in July.
The Danville region had the highest rate among Virginia’s metropolitan regions at 8.5 percent.
The Washington metropolitan region that includes Arlington and Alexandria had the lowest rate of 4.6 percent.
See Thursday's Bulletin for more details on this story.