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Report: Two consecutive months of drops in unemployment in Virginia

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Virginia's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level since March 2008, according to figures released Friday by the state's employment commission.

The October rate of 3.6 percent marks the second consecutive drop in the figures and Virginia is now tied with Alabama, Arkansas and Florida for the second lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate among the Southeast states, the report said.

The state's private sector recorded an over-the-year gain of 36,000 jobs, the VEC said, while Gov. Terry McAuliffe touted increases in average hourly earnings and personal income since he took office.

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