DC metro unemployment rate fell to 9% in May

On the heels of the Labor Department’s Thursday morning June jobs report, showing the nation’s unemployment rate fell to 11.1%, the lowest since the coronavirus pandemic began, a separate report tallied unemployment rates in individual metropolitan areas for the month of May.

The D.C. metro’s unemployment rate fell to 9% in May, down from 9.8% in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In May 2019, the D.C. metro area’s unemployment rate was 3%.

Baltimore’s unemployment rate in May was 9.5%, down from 10.1% in April.

Among large cities, Las Vegas had the highest unemployment rate in May, at 29%, followed by 23.7% in Detroit and 22.6% in Orlando.

Phoenix had the lowest unemployment rate among big cities in May, at 8.3%.

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Looking for more information? D.C., Maryland and Virginia are each releasing more data every day. Visit their official sites here: Virginia | Maryland | D.C.

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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