Unemployment in the region saw its biggest drop in September. According to the News and Advance, it is the second straight month with a decline in the City’s jobless rate. Every city and county in the region had a lower unemployment compared to the same time last year. The biggest difference year-to-year was in Appomattox County. The only locality with a month-to-month rate increase was Bedford city. Nelson and Bedford counties were the only localities below the state rate of 5.6 percent. The Associated Press reports, unemployment rates fell in nearly all large U.S. cities. Some swing states have long had unemployment rates well below the national average. Virginia’s rate is now well below the national average.