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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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Local jobless rate down in December

The Fredericksburg area had a 4.7 percent jobless rate in December, down from 5.3 percent the year before.

The region’s rate narrowly bested that of the state as a whole, whose December jobless rate was 4.8 percent. The U.S. rate was 6.5 percent.

At 4.1 percent, Spotsylvania County had the area’s lowest jobless rate in December, according to Virginia Employment Commission data released Wednesday. Spotsylvania was followed by Stafford County (4.4 percent), King George County (5.5 percent), Caroline County (5.6 percent) and Fredericksburg (7.6 percent).