RICHMOND, Va. — Arlington County had Virginia’s lowest jobless rate with 3.1 percent in December.

Comparatively, the city of Martinsville had the highest jobless rate in Virginia in December with 12.4 percent, according to the Virginia Employment Commission. That’s down from 13.7 percent in November and down from 15.7 percent a year ago.

The statewide rate for December was 4.8 percent.

The Washington metropolitan region that includes Arlington and Alexandria had the lowest rate of 3.9 percent.

The Danville region had the highest unemployment rate among Virginia’s metropolitan regions at 6.4 percent.

Nationally, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for December was 6.5 percent. Rates dropped from last year in 339 metropolitan areas, increased in 25 and were flat in eight.

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