Today’s Charlottesville Daily Progress has a bit of bad news about unemployment in Central Va.:

According to statistics released by the Virginia Employment Commission, unemployment in the Charlottesville metropolitan statistical area, which includes much of Central Virginia, rose from 4.7 percent to 4.9 percent between April and May.

The rise comes after three months of steady declines.

Central Virginia — and the state as a whole — still has much lower unemployment than the nationwide average, which remains about 9%; Virginia’s unemployment rate is about 6%.  (Although those numbers don’t take into account “discouraged workers” and those who have used up unemployment benefits. The actual national rate is a bit over 10%.)