Hampton Roads' unemployment rate lowered to 7 percent in December, from November's 7.2 percent.
It was 7 percent in December 2009, too, according to the Virginia Employment Commission. Figures are not seasonally adjusted.
The Virginia unemployment rate in December was 6.4 percent, and the national rate was 9.1 percent.
Williamsburg was tied with Emporia for the second-highest unemployment rate in the state at 13.8 percent.
James City County's rate was 5.1 percent. York County was at 5.5 percent.
Poquoson was 5.6 percent, Mathews County was 5.9 percent, Gloucester County was 6.1 percent and Middlesex County was 6.9 percent. Isle of Wight was 7 percent, Newport News was 7.9 percent and Hampton was 8.2 percent.
After three consecutive monthly increases in the number of jobs, the state lost 13,500 jobs in December, compared to November. Year over year, though, the state was up 36,100 jobs in December, the commission reported.
The biggest losses in December were in leisure and hospitality whittled 6,100 jobs due to seasonal reductions at resort hotels, tourist attractions and recreational facilities. Professional and business services employment declined by 5,100 jobs. Miscellaneous services dropped 2,600 jobs due to large losses in nonprofit, charity and religious organizations, equipment repair and maintenance and personal and laundry services. Government lost 1,600 jobs. Finance was down 1,200 jobs, information was down 1,000 jobs, private education and health services was down 500 jobs and construction was down 400 jobs.
Meanwhile, trade and transportation gained 4,800 jobs due to beefed-up staff for the holidays. Manufacturing added 200 jobs, according to the commission.