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Arlington County's Jobs Picture "Again Best in Commonwealth"

An online story in yesterday's Arlington Sun Gazette reports that "Arlington in December regained sole ownership of the lowest unemployment rate in the commonwealth, according to state figures, as its jobless rate ticked down two notches from a month before."

Here are a few of the details:

"With 144,096 county residents employed in the civilian workforce and 3,729 looking for jobs, Arlington’s unemployment rate of 2.5 percent for the final month of 2016 was down from 2.7 percent in November, according to non-seasonally-adjusted figures reported Feb. 1 by the Virginia Employment Commission.

"The total number of employed Arlingtonians was up and the number seeking jobs declined, part of a general regional trend toward lower unemployment during the month.

"Across Northern Virginia, the jobless rate fell from 2.7 percent to 2.6 percent in Falls Church; from 3 percent to 2.8 percent in Alexandria; from 3.2 percent to 3 percent in both Fairfax and Loudoun counties; and from 3.6 percent to 3.4 percent in Prince William County.

"(In November, Falls Church had tied with Arlington for the lowest unemployment rate in the commonwealth.)

"Across Northern Virginia as a whole, the jobless rate of 3.1 percent was down from 3.3 percent in November, representing about 1.55 million working and 49,300 looking for jobs."

The county's weekly newspaper also reported that Northern Virginia's 3.1% unemployment rate was followed by Charlottesville (3.2% and Winchester (3.3%) . . . "The highest rates were reported in Buchanan County (8.9 percent), Dickenson County (8.6 percent), Wise County (7.6 percent), Page County (7.3 percent) and Petersburg (7.1 percent)."

For a chart of comparable December unemployment rates, and the entire article, click here.

For more Virginia labor market information, click here.

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