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Jobless Rate Climbs A Tick In D.C., Maryland, Virginia

Unemployment rates rose in D.C., Maryland and Virginia in the month of July, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report released on Monday.

The District lost 1,300 jobs in the government sector, of 1,600 jobs lost overall, as the jobless rate climbed a tick from 8.5 percent to 8.6 percent. Maryland was also a net loser in the government sector, shedding 4,300 government positions of 9,200 jobs lost overall and raising the state's unemployment rate to 7.1 percent.

The commonwealth added 1,400 jobs overall, with gains in the manufacturing, education and health service sectors and losses in professional and government services. Virginia' jobless rate climbed from 5.5 percent to 5.7 percent despite the gains.

The D.C. region was in lockstep with much of the rest of the country — 28 other states saw jobless rate increase to just nine with decreases.

The nation's unemployment rate dropped to 7.4 percent.

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Customers Bid Farewell To One Of The D.C. Region's Last Video Stores

Longtime movie lovers say they'll miss the shop, but they'll especially mourn the gradual death of an American tradition.

Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we've sampled Jelly Belly's newest flavors.
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Analysis: U.S. Capitol Renovations And The D.C. Council's Lawsuit Against Mayor Gray

Roll Call's David Hawkings joins Matt Bush to discuss the D.C. council's suit against Mayor Gray and the expensive process of rehabilitating the U.S. Capitol Dome.
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Free Public Wi-Fi Comes To NoMa

The NoMa Business Improvement District has started to provide free Wi-Fi in some parts of the neighborhood, but some users say the service is still too sluggish.

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