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As of December 2013, Virginia was in a three-way tie with Texas and Missouri as the state with the 17th lowest unemployment rate in the United States, at 6.0 percent unemployment. This is below the national average, but not by much. Virginia residents work hard every day to lower this number, and Workforce Wyoming provides press releases with this information regularly on their main website located here: http://www.wvcommerce.org/.
As previously stated though, Virginia is currently in better shape than the national average of U.S. states, with the national average coming in a 6.7 percent.
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When it comes to individual counties in Virginia, the top five counties with the lowest unemployment rates as of November 2013 were:
Monongalia County – 3.0 percent
Jefferson County – 3.3 percent
Pendleton County – 3.3 percent
Monroe County – 4.0 percent
Preston County – 4.2 percent
On the other side of that coin, the top five counties with the highest rates of unemployment were:
Wetzel County – 10.0 percent
Webster County – 9.8 percent
Mason County – 9.6 percent
Mingo County – 9.4 percent
Pocahontas County – 9.1 percent
For a full list of counties and their unemployment rates in Virginia, you can visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website at: http://www.bls.gov/.