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Northern Virginia's unemployment rate hit 10% in April as business shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic ricocheted through the economy. 

A total of 163,158 Northern Virginia residents were unemployed and looking for work during the month, the Virginia Employment reported Wednesday.  That number is based on a survey of households and is different from the number of unemployment claims reported weekly. Over 220,000 regional residents have filed first-time claims for unemployment since the pandemic began in mid-March, but nearly 45% of those have also returned to work

The unemployment rate for the region in April was up from 2.7% in March and 2.1% in April 2019. The March survey was conducted just before the business shutdowns began. The region's rate was slightly below the state's April unemployment rate of 10.8% and well below the national rate of 14.4%.

Among individual localities in the region, Manassas Park had the highest unemployment rate in April, at 11.6%, followed by Prince William County at 11.3% and the city of Manassas at 10.9%. The lowest rate was in the city of Falls Church, 5.8%, followed by Arlington County at 7%.

Northern Virginia Unemployment by Locality: April 2020

SOURCE: Virginia Employment Commission

Locality No. Unemployed April 2020 Rate April 2019 Rate
Arlington 10,328 7.0% 1.7%
Alexandria 9,880 9.9% 1.9%
Culpeper 2,164 9.1% 2.2%
Fairfax County 63,856 10.2% 2.0%
Fairfax City 1,334 10.1% 2.0%
Falls Church 471 5.8% 1.8%
Fauquier 3,177 8.8% 2.1%
Leesburg 2,682 9.3% 2.0%
Loudoun 21,604 9.9% 2.0%
Manassas 2,377 10.9% 2.2%
Manassas Park 1,085 11.6% 2.2%
Prince William 27,707 11.3% 2.2%
Stafford 6,990 9.9% 2.4%

Falls Church had the lowest rate in the state as well. The highest rate, 20.5%, was recorded in Bath County in western Virginia.  Bath's major employer is the Omni Homestead Resort, which has closed during the pandemic. 

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