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D.C.'s Jobless Rate Improves For July

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The unemployment rate in Washington, D.C. dropped to 8.9 percent in July. That's down from 9.1 percent in June and is D.C's lowest unemployment figure since February 2009.

Mayor Vincent Gray says diversification in the private sector is largely responsible for the improvement.

Meanwhile, Maryland and Virginia were among 44 states to see unemployment rate increases.

Virginia's jobless rate rose for the second time in as many months, to 5.9 percent in July. That's still half a percentage point lower than a year ago. Maryland's unemployment rate ticked up to 7 percent from 6.9.

Maryland and Virginia are both well below the national unemployment rate of 8.3 percent.

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