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Region Adds Jobs Two Consecutive Months

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By Peter Granitz

Maryland, Virginia and the District are all reporting job growth two months in a row.

All three jurisdictions added jobs in April and the trend continued in May. Although the numbers in May were not as strong as the previous month, it still indicates the region's economy is improving.

The unemployment rate in D.C. dropped more than half a percent, down to 10.4 percent, which is still higher than the national average. Maryland and Virginia each lowered their unemployment rates to 7.1 and 7.2 percents, respectively.

Still, the national picture is rather bleak. The country added just over 40,000 private sector jobs in May. The national unemployment average is 9.7 percent.

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