Va., Md. unemployment rates unchanged; DC falls, while Alaska the highest

The Washington metro area’s unemployment rate fell to 3.3 percent in December, down from 3.5 percent in November, well below the national average of 4.1 percent and one of the lowest big-city jobless rates in the country (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates in six states and the District of Columbia fell in January, with jobless rates stable in 44 states.

The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said Virginia’s seasonally adjusted January unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, matching December’s unemployment rate but lower than Virginia’s 4.0 percent unemployment rate in January 2017.

Maryland’s January unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, also unchanged from December, but down from 4.3 percent a year earlier.

The District’s rate in January was 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent in December, and down from 6.0 percent in January 2017.

Hawaii had the lowest state unemployment rate in the nation in January, at just 2.1 percent. Alaska had the highest, at 7.3 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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