Both Virginia’s and Maryland’s unemployment rates fell below the national unemployment rate in January of 4 percent.
Virginia’s November unemployment was the lowest since April 2001, falling to 2.8 percent from October’s 2.9 percent. Unemployment also continued to fall in Maryland.
Maryland’s unemployment rate is still higher than the national average, but it fell in September.
Unemployment rates in September fell in most of the nation’s 388 metropolitan areas, with the jobless rate lower in both the D.C. region and Baltimore. Here’s where it’s lowest nationwide.
Unemployment rates were lower in August in 340 of the nation’s 388 metropolitan areas, though the Washington metro area’s unemployment rate was unchanged.
The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate rose to 4.0 percent from 3.8 percent as more people began looking for work and not all of them found it.
The Washington metro area’s unemployment rate in May was 3.2 percent, up from 3.1 percent in April, though lower than the 3.6 percent unemployment rate in May of 2017.
The D.C.-area added a net 43,800 jobs between January 2017 and January 2018, a job growth rate of 1.4 percent.
The unemployment rate in the D.C. area held steady in October and rose slightly in Baltimore and how that compares to other big cities.
Nationwide, the unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in April, but jobless rates rose slightly in both Maryland and the District.
February unemployment rates fell in the majority of states, and Virginia’s unemployment rate is now back below 4 percent.
After a slight tick up in November, Virginia’s jobless rate eased in December, and the unemployment rate in Maryland was unchanged, according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The D.C. metropolitan area’s unemployment rate remains well below the national average, and fell in November to 3.7 percent, from 3.9 percent in October and down from 4.1 percent a year earlier.
Unemployment rates rose in 87 metropolitan areas in July, including D.C. and Baltimore.
The Washington region’s unemployment rate improved considerably in April, falling from 4.1 percent in March to 3.6 percent last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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