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Martinsville keeps top jobless rate in April

Thursday - 5/30/2013, 4:10am  ET

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

The Virginia Employment Commission says the city's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 15 percent, up from 14.4 percent in March and 16 percent a year ago. 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.


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