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VA Unemployment Rate Jumps To 6.9 Percent

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia's unemployment rate climbed higher during December but was still well below the national average.

The U.S. Labor Department reported Friday that Virginia's jobless rate for December was 6.9 percent, up from the 6.6 percent rate recorded in November.

The national unemployment rate was unchanged at 10 percent, but was 2.6 percentage points higher than a year earlier.

Unemployment rates rose in 43 states and the District of Columbia last month.

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