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Virginia unemployment rate lowest in Arlington

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

The Virginia Employment Commission says Martinville's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 15.7 percent, down from 15.9 percent in March and down from 18.2 percent a year ago. The statewide rate for April was 5.4 percent.

Nationally, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for April was 7.7 percent. Rates dropped from last year in 342 metropolitan areas, increased in 25 and were flat in five.

Arlington County had Virginia's lowest jobless rate with 3.1 percent in April, followed by 3.7 percent in Fairfax County.

The Danville region had the highest unemployment rate among Virginia's metropolitan regions at 8.3 percent. The Washington metropolitan region that includes Arlington and Alexandria had the lowest jobless rate of 4 percent.

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