The state employment commission reports the seasonally-adjusted rate fell from 7.e percent in June to 6.9 percent in July. Also, the number of workers without jobs declined by 16,500 to 289,700.
The state agency says the rate improved in part because summer plant furloughs ended, and college students either found jobs or stopped looking.
Employment improved in all but one of Virginia's ten metropolitan areas. The unemployment rate did not change in the Danville area. Martinsville kept the state's highest jobless rate at 22.1 percent.
Bill Redlin reports...