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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released an unemployment report today that examined the rates of unemployment in the Northern Virginia counties and cities.
Unless you've been living under a rock, haven't turned on the t.v., read a newspaper, been on the internet, or walked down the street in the last 6 months, you're aware that the unemployment rate in the United States has skyrocketed to the 10% region.
Well, in Northern Virginia, most areas are doing quite well when it comes to employment statistics, and some counties, like Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun are doing phenomenal -- less than half of national unemployment.
Here's a look at unemployment numbers as of December 2009:
- Arlington County -- 4% unemployment
- Fairfax County -- 4.6% unemployment
- Loudoun County -- 4.6% unemployment
- Alexandria City -- 4.8% unemployment
Even Fredericksburg VA, with its comparatively high 9.9% unemployment rate is far below many other hurting areas of the nation.
Compare the above numbers with those of some other major metropolitan areas:
- Atlanta -- 10.1% unemployment
- Chicago -- 10.6% unemployment
- Los Angeles -- 11.3% unemployment
- Tampa -- 12.4% unemployment
- Las Vegas -- 13.1% unemployment
- Detroit -- 14.8% unemployment
With these numbers, it's no wonder people from around the country are starting to search for homes in Northern Virginia and moving here!