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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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Jobless rate up

The U.S. Labor Department today released unemployment data for each state. 

Virginia’s jobless rate was 5.4 percent in December, up from 4.8 percent in November and 3.2 percent in December 2007. Virginia had about 21,000 fewer jobs in December than November, though the state continues to perform better than the U.S. as a whole. The U.S. unemployment rate for December was 7.2 percent.

The Virginia Employment Commission is expected to release local unemployment figures for December on Thursday. The November jobless rate for the Fredericksburg area was 4.5 percent. See Friday’s FLS for the latest figures.

Click here for the Labor Department report.

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