- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 1, 2009

RICHMOND — Virginia’s unemployment rate is looking better.

The Virginia Employment Commission reported Tuesday that the seasonally unadjusted rate fell from 7.3 percent in June to 6.9 percent in July. The number of jobless workers declined by 16,500 to 289,700. The state agency said the rate improved in part because summer plant furloughs ended and college students either found jobs or stopped looking.

Virginia’s rate remains well below the U.S. average of 9.7 percent.

Employment improved in all but one of Virginia’s 10 metropolitan areas. The Danville region saw unemployment unchanged at 12.7 percent.

Martinsville kept the state’s highest jobless rate at 22.1 percent. Twenty-four cities and counties reported double-digit unemployment, down from 32 in June.

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