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Martinsville keeps Va.'s top jobless rate in Nov.

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

The Virginia Employment Commission says the city's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 15.7 percent, up from 14.9 percent in October and 16.8 percent a year ago. The statewide rate for November was 5.3 percent.

Nationally, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for November was 7.4 percent. Rates dropped from last year in 322 metropolitan areas, increased in 36 and were flat in 14.

Arlington County had Virginia's lowest jobless rate with 3.1 percent in November, followed by 3.6 percent in Fairfax County

The Danville region had the highest unemployment rate among Virginia's metropolitan regions at 7.7 percent. The Washington metropolitan region that includes Arlington and Alexandria had the lowest jobless rate of 3.9 percent.

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