- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - 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 12.4 percent. That’s down from 13.7 percent in November and down from 15.7 percent a year ago.

The statewide rate for December was 4.8 percent.

Nationally, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for December was 6.5 percent. Rates dropped from last year in 339 metropolitan areas, increased in 25 and were flat in eight.

Arlington County had Virginia’s lowest jobless rate with 3.1 percent in December.

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

The Washington metropolitan region that includes Arlington and Alexandria had the lowest rate of 3.9 percent.

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