Virginia unemployment rate lower than national average

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The city of Martinsville's jobless rate remained the highest in Virginia in August.

The Virginia Employment Commission says the city's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 15.9 percent, down from 16.4 percent in July and 20.2 percent a year ago.

The statewide rate for August was 5.8 percent. Nationally, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for August was 8.2 percent.

Rates dropped from last year in 325 metropolitan areas, increased in 40 and were flat in seven.

Arlington County had Virginia's lowest jobless rate with 3.5 percent in August, followed by 4.0 percent in Loudoun and Fairfax counties.

The Danville region had the highest unemployment rate among Virginia's metropolitan regions at 8.6 percent.

The Washington metropolitan region that includes Arlington and Alexandria had the lowest jobless rate of 4.3 percent.