All five localities in the Northern Shenandoah Valley saw a drop in local unemployment rates for February, according to data from the Virginia Employment Commission.

The region continues to rank in the top half of the state in terms of the lowest rates, as well.

Shenandoah County ranked 38th in Virginia with a 4.8% rate in February, which was 0.4% lower than the previous month. The county previously ranked 46th.

Warren County’s rate dropped to 5.0%, down 0.3, and was ranked 50th in February after holding the 49th spot in January.

Frederick County continued to lead the charge in the region with a rate of 3.8% for February, which ranked fourth-best in Virginia. It was tied for fifth place in January with a rate of 4.1%.

Clarke County’s rate of 4.0%, which was down 0.2%, ranked eighth for February while Winchester’s rate of 4.8%, down 0.1%, ranked 38th.

Overall, seven localities — Madison County, Falls Church, Poquoson, Frederick County, Matthews County, Montgomery County and Rappahannock County — all had rates below 4.0% for February.

Meanwhile, three localities — Hopewell, Emporia and Petersburg — all had double-digit rates.

Madison County remained the lowest rate in Virginia at 3.4% while Petersburg remained the highest at 14.3%.

The unemployment rate for the United States in February was 6.2%.

— Contact Matt Welch at mwelch@winchesterstar.com