Some employment news:
"Virginia’s unemployment reached 4.6 percent in August, the highest rate in the state since January 1997. William F. Mezger, chief economist at the Virginia Employment Commission, said the economy likely will slip into a recession at the end of this year that will continue through the first two quarters of 2009. The national unemployment rate is 6.1 percent. Northern Virginia had the state’s lowest unemployment rate, 3.6 percent, among the state’s metropolitan areas. Danville had the highest jobless rate at 8.1 percent. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)"