Va. unemployment rate falls to 6.3 percent in March
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's unemployment rate fell slightly in March and remains below the national average.
The Virginia Employment Commission said Tuesday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in March was 6.3 percent, slightly lower than February.
The state's unemployment rate has been trending down since hitting 7.3 percent last March.
The agency said 62,821 Virginians were receiving regular unemployment benefits in March, down about 6,155 from February and down more than 18,310 from March 2010.
Nationally, the unemployment rate fell in March to a two-year low of 8.8 percent. The Labor Department says that the unemployment rate dropped in 34 states in March. That's the largest number of states to record a decline since June. The rate rose in seven states and was unchanged in nine and Washington, D.C.
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