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D.C.'s Unemployment Rate Down For Fifth Straight Month

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By Rebecca Blatt

D.C.'s unemployment rate dropped for the fifth straight month, according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The city's May unemployment rate was 10.4 percent, down from 11 percent in April, the largest percent decrease in the country. It's the lowest rate the District has seen since August of 2009.

But Joe Walsh, director of the city's Department of Employment Services, says it's not all good news.

"It's a really good sign of the economy recovering in the District," he says. "But it also means you know it's still plus 10 percent. We have some work to do."

Walsh was speaking on WAMU's The Politics Hour. He says D.C. is about to award $2.1 million dollars in federal stimulus funds for job training. He says his department targets residents in the hardest hit portions of the city - Wards 5, 7 and 8.

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