Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 20, 2012

Va jobless rate ticks up to 5.7 pct in June

RICHMOND, Va. —

Virginia's unemployment rate ticked up slightly in June after remaining at the lowest rate in three years, but is still better than the national average.

The Virginia Employment Commission says Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose 0.1 percentage points to 5.7 percent in June. The rate is still 0.6 percentage points lower than a year ago.

Virginia's jobless rate has been trending down since January 2010, when joblessness peaked at 7.3 percent.

Nonfarm employment increased by 21,700 jobs in June. It was the fifth consecutive monthly increase.

The rate is still below the national average, which was unchanged at 8.2 percent.

The Labor Department says rates rose in 27 states last month, the most in almost a year. Rates fell in 11 states and Washington, and were unchanged in 12.

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