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Virginia’s unemployment rate falls to 3.8 percent

Virginia’s unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent in September, 2.8 percentage points below the rate from one year ago, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday. Virginia unemployment continues to stay below the national rate of 4.8 percent.

In September, the private sector recorded an over-the-year gain of 69,300 jobs and the public sector gained 3,700 jobs, totaling 73,000 new jobs.

“September marks the 16th consecutive month Virginia’s unemployment rate has dropped,” said Northam. “People are working, businesses are hiring, and that’s all good news. This consistent progress shows the strength of Virginia’s economy, and we need to keep this momentum going.”

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 2,700 jobs over-the-month. The number of unemployed residents decreased by 8,606 to 159,786. The number of employed residents rose by 4,747 to 4,084,410. In September 2021, Virginia saw over-the-year job gains of 1.8 percent.

Compared to a year ago, on a seasonally adjusted basi...

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