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%.
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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