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Galax, Va. has state's top jobless rate in July

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Layoffs in construction, the wholesale trade and manufacturing pushed Galax's jobless rate to the highest in Virginia in July.

The Virginia Employment Commission says the city's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 16.2 percent as the number of people without jobs there nearly doubled to 551 from June to July.

Martinsville, which has long-held the highest jobless rate in Virginia, had the second-highest rate of 12.9 percent in July. That's down from 13.9 in June.

The statewide rate for July was 5.8 percent compared with the national rate of 7.7 percent.

Arlington County had Virginia's lowest with 3.8 percent in July.

The Danville region had the highest rate among Virginia's metropolitan regions at 8.5 percent.

The Washington metropolitan region that includes Arlington and Alexandria had the lowest rate of 4.6 percent.