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Martinsville had highest jobless rate in November

Tuesday - 1/7/2014, 3:12pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. -- The city of Martinsville had the highest jobless rate in Virginia in November.

The Virginia Employment Commission says the city's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 13.7 percent. That's up from 12.4 percent in October and down from 15.8 percent a year ago.

The statewide rate for November was 5 percent.

Nationally, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for November was 6.6 percent. Rates dropped from last year in 293 metropolitan areas, increased in 71 and were flat in eight.

Arlington County had Virginia's lowest jobless rate with 3.2 percent in June.

The Danville region had the highest unemployment rate among Virginia's metropolitan regions at 6.7 percent. The Washington metropolitan region that includes Arlington and Alexandria had the lowest rate of 4 percent.

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