Washington unemployment edges up

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates rose in 87 metropolitan areas in July, including D.C. and Baltimore.

The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics says the D.C. metro area’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4 percent in July, up from 3.9 percent in June. It is still much lower than the metro’s 4.6 percent unemployment rate a year earlier.

The Baltimore metro’s July unemployment not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.8 percent, up from 4.6 percent in June.

Unemployment rates improved in 279 metro areas last month.

Denver had the lowest unemployment rate among metros with populations of 1 million or more, at just 3.4 percent in July. Riverside, California had the highest big city jobless rate, at 6.9 percent.

The lowest unemployment rate among all metros last month was Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at just 1.9 percent. Yuma, Arizona had the highest, at 24.3 percent.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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