D.C. jobless rate improves as Md.'s, Va.'s worsen slightly

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Local,DC,Alan Blinder

The District's unemployment rate fell slightly in June, though jobless figures climbed slightly in Maryland and Virginia, the federal government said Friday morning.

Though unemployment in the District has persistently been higher than the national average, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday that the city's jobless picture had improved to 9.1 percent, its lowest level since March 2009.

"For yet another month, the District can report job growth and a drop in our unemployment rate," D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said in a statement. "Nonetheless, unemployment is still too high."

Even as D.C. officials marked success on a key economic barometer, the city's neighbors saw their fortunes worsen slightly.

In Virginia, unemployment rose to 5.7 percent, up from 5.6 percent in May. Despite the increase, the commonwealth's jobless rate was still well below where it stood in June 2011: 6.3 percent.

Joblessness jumped slightly more in Maryland. There, the unemployment rate moved to 6.9 percent, a 0.2 percent bump from May. But like Virginia, the figure was an improvement from a year ago, when the unemployment rate was 7.2 percent.

The national unemployment rate stood at 8.2 percent in June. North Dakota has the nation's lowest jobless figure -- 2.9 percent -- and Nevada reported an 11.6 percent unemployment rate, the country's highest.

ablinder@washingtonexaminer.com

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Alan Blinder

Staff Reporter, D.C. City Hall
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