Unemployment Rates Does Virginia's Unemployment Rate Paint the Whole Picture? By Michael Pope • Aug 10, 2017 AP Photo / Steve Helber Virginia’s unemployment is at its lowest level since the recession. But is that a sign of strength for the economy? Or does it indicate something else is going on? Michael Pope hit the road to find out. Understanding Lynchburg's Unemployment Rate By Michael Pope • Jul 7, 2017 Creative Commons Unemployment is down across Virginia, although the numbers vary between metropolitan areas. Michael Pope is digging into the data.