- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The city of Martinsville had the highest jobless rate in Virginia in October.

The Virginia Employment Commission says the city’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 10.1 percent. That’s down from 11 percent in September and down from 11.3 percent a year ago.

The statewide rate for October was 4.8 percent.

Nationally, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for October was 5.5 percent. Rates dropped from last year in 354 metropolitan areas, increased in 14 and were flat in four.

Arlington County and the city of Falls Church had Virginia’s lowest jobless rates with 3.5 percent in October.

The Danville region had the highest unemployment rate among Virginia’s metropolitan regions at 6.7 percent.

The Washington metropolitan region that includes Arlington and Alexandria had the lowest rate of 4 percent.

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