Unemployment down across DC, Virginia and Maryland; job losses still staggering

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Maryland, Virginia and D.C. all saw unemployment rates ease last month over June. (Getty/iStockphoto/glegorly)

Unemployment rates fell in 30 states in July, rose in 9 and were steady in 11, according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Maryland and Virginia both saw unemployment rates ease.

For July, Maryland’s statewide unemployment rate was 7.6%, down from 8.3% in June.

Virginia’s statewide July unemployment rate was 8.0%, down from 8.1%.

The District’s unemployment rate also fell to 8.4% in July, from 8.7% in June.

Massachusetts now has the nation’s highest state unemployment rate, at 16.1% in July, followed by New York, at 15.9%.

Nevada had held the highest state unemployment rate since business restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic began, but the reopening of casinos saw its unemployment rate fall from 25.3% in May, to 15.2% in June and to 14% in July.

Utah had the lowest July state unemployment rate at 4.5%, followed by Nebraska at 4.8%.

The national unemployment rate in July was 10.2%, down from 11.1% in June.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also tallies total statewide jobs compared to year ago levels.

The District is still down by 51,800 jobs from July 2019, or 6.5% fewer.

Maryland had 204,200 fewer jobs in July than it did a year ago, a 7.4% decline.

Virginia had 284,100 fewer jobs than a year earlier, 7.0% less.

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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