Virginia unemployment rate now higher than a year ago

Virginia has one of the lowest state unemployment rates in the nation, but it rose last month and is now higher than it was a year ago.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Virginia’s unemployment rate in January was 3.2%, up from 3.1% in December, and up from 2.9% in January 2022.

Maryland’s January unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.0% in January, and down slightly from 3.1% a year earlier.

The District’s unemployment rate in January was 4.4%, up from 4.2% in December, but well below the 6.0% unemployment rate D.C. had at the start of 2022.

Unemployment rates are reported as seasonally-adjusted.

In all, 15 states and D.C. had jobless rates that were lower than a year ago, 11 states had higher unemployment rates and 24 states had little year-over-year change.

North Dakota and South Dakota tied for the lowest state unemployment rate in January, at 2.1%. Utah’s unemployment rate was second-lowest, at 2.4%.

Nevada had the highest January unemployment rate, at 5.5%.

In January, 13 states had unemployment rates lower than the national average of 3.4%.

BLS posts state unemployment rates and civilian labor force change 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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