DC metro unemployment back below 6%

The Washington metro area’s unemployment in November fell below 6% for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.

The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the D.C. metro’s non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in November was 5.8%, down from 6.6% in October. That is still sharply higher than a year ago when the Washington region’s November 2019 unemployment rate was 2.8%.

The Baltimore metro’s unemployment rate in November fell to 6.1%, from 7.1% in October. Baltimore’s unemployment rate in November 2019 was 3.2%.

Nationwide, unemployment rates were higher in November than a year ago in 386 of the 389 metropolitan statistical areas where the bureau collects data.

Among cities with a population of 1 million or more, Las Vegas had the highest unemployment rate in November, at 11.5%.

Birmingham, Alabama and Minneapolis had the lowest jobless rates among large areas, at 3.8% and 3.9% respectively.

Among all metro areas, El Centro, California, and Kahului, Hawaii, had the highest November unemployment rates, at 16.4% and 16%.

The Labor Department posts monthly unemployment claims by metropolitan areas online.

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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