Most of Virginia sees unemployment drop

Nine of Virginia’s 11 metropolitan areas had unemployment drop in April — only Bristol and Danville saw it rise (by 0.7 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively).

Statewide, Virginia had 5.0 percent unemployment, down from 5.2 percent in March — the national rate was 7.1 percent. (Of course, keep in mind that actual unemployment is still higher — closer to 9 percent — thanks to the dopey way the figure is calculated.)

Northern Virginia had the lowest rate: 3.9 percent. Here are some of the other areas:

  • Charlottesville: 4.1 percent in April, down from 4.5 percent the month before.
  • Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford: 5.2 percent, down from 5.6 percent;
  • Hampton Roads: 5.4 percent, down from 5.6 percent;
  • Harrisonburg: 4.6 percent, down from 4.9 percent;
  • Lynchburg: 5.6 percent, down from 5.8 percent;
  • Richmond: 5.4 percent, down from 5.6 percent;
  • Roanoke: 5.3 percent, down from 5.4 percent;
  • Winchester: 4.7 percent, down from 4.8 percent.


About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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