Va unemployment declines a notch in April

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's unemployment rate inched down in April.

The Virginia Employment Commission reported Friday that the seasonally unadjusted rate dropped 0.3 of a percentage point in March to 6.6 percent last month.

Labor analysts attributed the improved number to seasonal hiring and job expansion in health care and computer systems design.

Virginia's seasonally adjusted April rate of 6.8 percent is well below the U.S. average of 8.6 percent.

The city of Martinsville continues to claim Virginia's top jobless rate - 20.2 percent. Twenty-six jurisdictions reported double-digit unemployment in April.

On the plus side, nine of Virginia's 10 metropolitan areas saw lower unemployment rates in April.

The exception was the Danville area, up slightly to 12.4 percent.

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