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D.C. unemployment rate falls to 8.5 percent

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The District's unemployment rate has dropped to 8.5 percent as it continues a steady trend downward, but the figure remained well above the national average of 7.9 percent. Lisa Mallory, who directs the D.C. Department of Employment Services, revealed the jobless rate during an appearance before city lawmakers on Monday -- one day before the federal government plans to release state...