Martinsville again has highest jobless rate in the state

The city of Martinsville's jobless rate remained the highest in Virginia in October.

The Virginia Employment Commission says the city's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 15.2 percent, down from 16.3 percent in both September and last October. The statewide rate for October was 6.5 percent.

Nationally, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for September was 8.8 percent. Rates nationwide dropped from a year earlier in 249 large metropolitan areas, increased in 102 and were flat in 21.

Northern Virginia's Arlington County had the state's lowest jobless rate with 3.4 percent, followed by Loudoun County at 4.1 percent.

The Danville region had the highest unemployment rate among Virginia's metropolitan regions at 8.9 percent. The Washington metropolitan region that includes Arlington and Alexandria had the lowest jobless rate of 4.5 percent.