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Martinsville had highest unemployment rate in Virginia in December

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RICHMOND, Virginia — The city of Martinsville had the highest jobless rate in Virginia in December.

The Virginia Employment Commission says the city's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 10.6 percent. That's up from 9.9 percent in November and down from 10.7 percent a year ago.

The statewide rate for December was 4.5 percent.

Nationally, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 5.4 percent. Rates dropped from last year in 341 metropolitan areas, increased in 25 and were flat in six.

The city of Falls Church had Virginia's lowest jobless rate with 2.9 percent in December.

The Danville region had the highest unemployment rate among Virginia's metropolitan regions at 6.4 percent.

The lowest rate of 3.7 percent was recorded in the Charlottesville region, as well as the Washington metropolitan region that includes Arlington and Alexandria.

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