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D.C.'s Unemployment Rate Hits 11.1 Percent

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The latest labor statistics show D.C.'s unemployment rate jumped half a percent in August, even as unemployment numbers fell in Virginia and stabilized in Maryland. D.C.'s August unemployment rate hit 11.1 percent--up from 10.6 percent in July. That's also nearly four points higher than it was a year earlier.

The District's unemployment level has surpassed the national rate for several months.

Some employment experts say more undereducated people in D.C. are working in low-wage jobs such as restaurants, retail and construction. Those jobs are more vulnerable in an economic slump.

Rebecca Blatt has more...


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