A year after a devastating recession, Virginia’s unemployment rate has dropped to 8.8 percent from 10.2 percent, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday.
In February, the unemployment rate in the commonwealth was 9.3 percent.
The number of people without jobs was down by nearly 2 million.
While Virginia’s economy has recovered, the state’s unemployment rates remain stubbornly high.
The state’s rate for those who have a job is now 13.9 percent, up from 13.7 percent in December.
The unemployment rate for people who are looking for a job but are looking elsewhere is 8.3%, according to the BLS.
The highest unemployment rate is in Maryland, where the unemployment is 5.7%.
The unemployment rates in these states are not uniform, but they are not far off the national average.
The most recent unemployment rate from the BIS was 6.6 percent in May.
In May, the average nationwide unemployment rate was 6 percent, and the highest was 6 percentage points higher in Arizona, at 6.8%.
The latest BLS numbers also show that the number of unemployed workers in Virginia dropped by almost 5 million.
Virginia’s total number of workers who are out of work dropped by 5.3 million, or about 5.6%.
The state added 4.9 million jobs over the past year, and a large part of that growth came from manufacturing and agricultural jobs.
But it’s not just the manufacturing jobs that are in decline.
The percentage of workers without a job also dropped significantly.
The BLS said the number dropped by 2.2 percentage points, from 18.1 percent to 17.7.
And the percentage of people who lost their jobs was up by 2 percentage points.
There are many reasons why Virginia’s jobless rate fell.
In the short term, the downturn was a temporary setback.
The economy grew rapidly in 2015, but that growth slowed considerably as the economy recovered from the pandemic.
The manufacturing sector did not return to full strength until 2016, and that recovery slowed in 2017.
That meant that there were fewer jobs in manufacturing and fewer jobs to go around, leading to an overall decline in jobs.
In 2018, Virginia started its recovery, and it’s still doing well, but it has lost jobs.
The total number and percentage of the population who are jobless fell significantly as well.
The overall number of jobless workers dropped by 4.1 million, and there were 5.4 million jobless people in the state, up slightly from 5.2 million in January 2018.
The rate of joblessness for the first time in nearly a decade dropped by 1.1 percentage points in June.
In June, Virginia had a total of 8.1 jobs for every 100 people.
But that was down from a peak of 11.4 jobs in April.
The first three months of 2018 were the worst months of the Great Recession, with 4.2 jobs for each 100 people and 4.6 for every 1,000 people.
This year, Virginia is looking at a slightly better than 5 percent jobless growth.
The last time the unemployment rates were this low in Virginia was February 2011.
Virginia has not seen such a sharp drop in unemployment since March 2011, when unemployment fell by 1 percentage point.
A year ago, unemployment rates dropped by about 1 percentage points each month.
But the BES data show that they are now far below the national rate of 7.9 percentage points for people unemployed.
Unemployment in Virginia is expected to be slightly higher than the national level in 2019.
The average national unemployment rate dropped from 8.7 to 8 percent over the same time period.
This means that the state is looking for jobs, and hiring is starting to pick up.
The jobless figures also show the number is expected increase slightly from its 2017 peak.
In April, Virginia lost nearly 7 million jobs, while the job growth was nearly 4 million jobs.
As a percentage of its workforce, Virginia has the highest unemployment rates for people with jobs in the country.
The federal government reported on Wednesday that Virginia’s rate was the fourth-highest in the nation for February, behind Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
The United States, as a whole, has an unemployment rate of 8 percent.
But there are other states with higher unemployment rates, including New York and New Jersey, which have the lowest unemployment rates.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.