McAuliffe: Virginia reaches historic employment level

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced that Virginia’s employment level reached 3,856,100 in December 2015, the highest in the Commonwealth’s history. The governor’s office announced Monday that in December, Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent.  Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.6 percentage point from December 2014 and remains below the national rate, which was at 5 percent in December. December was the 21st consecutive month of year-over-year employment growth in the Commonwealth, and at 1.5 percent, is the highest growth since September 2011. Also in December, the governor’s office says Virginia had the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate among the Southeast states and the fourth-best rate among states east of the Mississippi River.

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