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      Martinsville Has Top Jobless Rate in July

      Associated Press - September 2, 2010 8:25 AM ET

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

      The Virginia Employment Commission says the city's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 20.6%, up slightly from June. That compares with the statewide average rate of 7.1% for the month.

      But Martinsville's numbers are lower that the city's jobless rate of 21.5% for the same month last year.

      Nationally, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for July was 9.7%.

      Northern Virginia's Loudoun County held the state's lowest jobless rate for July with 4.8%.

      The Danville region led the Virginia's metropolitan regions for the month with an unemployment rate of 12.2%. The Washington metropolitan region that includes Arlington and Alexandria had the lowest jobless rate for the month with 5.2%.

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