The Richmond Metropolitan area has had the highest absolute job gains in the state over the year according to the Virginia Employment Commission. Metro Richmond has gained 11,900 jobs so far this year, highest in the state, with Northern Virginia second at 2,200. In June alone, the metro area gained 2,400 jobs.
Statewide, the largest job gains were in private education, health services and construction. Trade and transportation were down.
Meanwhile, unemployment ticked up slightly in June by .2% at 5.4 - second consecutive gain this year, after four months of declines.
The City of Lexington had the highest jobless rate in the state in June at 11.4 percent.