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Unemployment in DC area falls to 3.5%

A job fair in Miami is sen on April 5, 2019. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Unemployment rates fell in 283 of the nation’s 389 metropolitan areas in February, including the D.C. metro.

The Washington region’s February unemployment rate was 3.5%, down from 3.7% in both January and February 2018.

Metro-level unemployment data trails the Labor Department’s monthly national report, which Friday showed the national unemployment rate in March was unchanged at 3.8%.

In Baltimore, the February unemployment rate was 4.1%, unchanged from January, but down from 4.5% a year earlier.

Among metro areas with a population of 1 million or more, Nashville had the lowest February unemployment rate at 2.4%. Cleveland had the highest big city unemployment rate in February at 4.8%.

Among all metro areas regardless of population, Ames, Iowa, home to Iowa State University, had the lowest unemployment rate in February, at just 1.4%.

El Centro, California, an agricultural community near the Mexican border, had the highest February unemployment rate at 17.4%

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