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Caroline County’s unemployment rate dropped another one-half of a percent in November to 5.4 percent, reported the Virginia Employment Commission.
Caroline began 2013 with an unemployment rate of 8.3 percent, and had an adjusted unemployment rate of 5.9 percent in October. November’s 5.4 percent unemployment rate reflects a year-long trend of increased employment and job creation in the county.
The communities with the lowest unemployment rates in the region remain Stafford and Spotsylvania at 4.6 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively. Caroline came within 1 percent of the Stafford rate in November. King George, even with a strong showing in November, was still behind Caroline at 5.5 percent. The city of Fredericksburg dropped to 7.9 percent.
Virginia recorded a 5 percent unemployment rate for November, 12th in the nation, while the Virginia Employment Commission calculated the national rate to be 6.6 percent. Arlington recorded the lowest unemployment in the Commonwealth in November at 3.2 percent. Like Stafford, Spotsylvania and King George, Arlington benefits from exceptionally high federal investment and employment.
The City of Martinsville continued to suffer the highest unemployment in Virginia at 13.7 percent, and Williamsburg, the bellwether for the tourism industry in the Commonwealth, posted a 11.2 percent unemployment rate.