The Virginia Employment Commission says that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April was 6.1 percent, slightly lower than March. The state's unemployment rate has been trending down since hitting 7.3 percent last March. The national average for April was 9 percent.
April's unemployment rate usually improves over March as businesses prepare for the tourist season and there is increased activity because of more mild weather.
The agency said 55,412 Virginians were receiving regular unemployment benefits in April. That's down from 62,821 in March and down from 72,373 in April 2010.
Nationally, the unemployment rate fell April in more than 75 percent of nation's states, evidence that companies are feeling more confident in the U.S. economy.