Virginia's unemployment rate remained unchanged in December after falling the two previous months.
The Virginia Employment Commission says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in December was 6.2 percent. That's unchanged from November and down from 6.6 percent in December 2010.
The rate had been decreasing since peaking at 7.2 percent from December 2009 to February 2010, but had risen slightly from July through September this year.
Officials say nonfarm employment decreased by 7,100 jobs in December but was still 1 percent above a year ago.
Virginia's rate is still below the national average, which dropped to 8.5 percent in December.
The Labor Department says unemployment rates fell in 37 states and the District of Columbia, three states saw increases and 10 states had no rate changes.