RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Employment Commission says the state's jobless rate increased for the third month in a row in July.
The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in July.
That's up from 5.5 percent in June, and down from 6 percent a year ago.Virginia's unemployment rate had been trending down since joblessness peaked at 7.4 percent from December 2009 until March 2010.
Officials say the labor market expanded in July as employment fell and the number of those seeking work increased.
The Labor Department says the national unemployment rate fell to 7.4 percent in July, which was a 4 1/2 -year low. Rates increased in 28 states, were unchanged in 14 and fell in eight states.