Virginia's unemployment rate fell for the second straight month in November as the state added 5,100 jobs
over the month.
The Virginia Employment Commission says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November was 6.2 percent. That's down from 6.4 percent in October and 6.6 percent a year ago.
The rate had been decreasing since peaking at 7.2 percent from December 2009 to February 2010, but had risen slightly from July through September this year.
Virginia's rate is still below the national average, which dropped to 8.6 percent in November.
The Labor Department says unemployment rates fell in 43 states, reflecting a modest pickup in the nation's job market. Nationally, employers added a net total of 120,000 jobs.