Virginia jobless rate inches up to 5.3 percent

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s unemployment rate inched up in June to 5.3 percent, the second consecutive monthly increase.

The Virginia Employment Commission reported Friday that the state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate increased by less than a full percentage point last month. Virginia’s unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which was 6.1 percent in June.

The state’s 10 metropolitan areas were divided — with half reporting job losses, and half reporting gains. Northern Virginia saw the largest job gains, while job losses were reported in metropolitan areas that included Lynchburg, Danville and the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford region.

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