Maryland, Virginia unemployment rates fall significantly

Both Virginia nad Maryland have gained or regained thousands of jobs since the spring. (Getty Images)

Job markets in both Maryland and Virginia are recovering faster than many states, and unemployment rates there fell significantly in August.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the August unemployment rate in Maryland was 7%, down from 8% in July. Virginia’s unemployment rate fell even more, from from 8% in July to 6.3% in August.

While both states have gained, or regained thousands of jobs since the spring, there are still 229,494 unemployed adults in Maryland and 274,828 in Virginia.

In D.C. the unemployment rate is falling more slowly. The District’s unemployment rate in August was 8.7%, down from 8.9% in July. There were 34,292 unemployed adults in the District, according to BLS.

August unemployment rates were lower in 41 states.

Nevada had the highest unemployment rate in August, at 13.2%, followed by Rhode Island,at 12.8%.

Nebraska had the lowest state unemployment rate in August, at 4%, followed by Utah at 4.1%.

All unemployment figures are not seasonally adjusted.

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.

Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others.

Get breaking news and daily headlines delivered to your email inbox by signing up here.

© 2020 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up