DC Metro Unemployment Rates: A Snapshot of Regional Joblessness Trends

Rise in Unemployment Rates Across Washington D.C. Metro

National Trends:

  • Slight increase in unemployment noted in 247 out of 389 metropolitan areas compared to the previous year.

Key Details for D.C. Metro Area:

  • As of February, a slight uptick in the Washington D.C. metro area’s unemployment rate to 3%.
  • January showed lower rates at 2.8%, equalling the percentage of February the prior year.
  • Coverage areas include Arlington and Alexandria.

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson Area Statistics:

  • Recorded a 2.8% unemployment rate, consistent with D.C.’s January rate.

Additional Context:

  • Unemployment figures from metropolitan areas are not adjusted for seasonal variations.

Comparative Statistics:

  • 54 metropolitan areas experienced unemployment rates below 3%.
  • 13 regions saw unemployment rates at or exceeding 8%.

Highlights From Larger Metro Areas:

  • Nashville boasts the lowest unemployment rate at 2.2% amongst metros with over a million residents.
  • Highest noted in San Bernardino, California at 5.5%.

Broader Metro Area Data:

  • Ames, Iowa has the nation’s lowest metro unemployment rate at 1.9%.
  • Burlington, Vermont follows with 2%.
  • The highest rate is found in El Centro, California, reaching 17.2%.

Access to Data:

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides online access to metropolitan unemployment rates and civilian payroll changes.

The data illustrates fluctuating employment patterns across the nation, with the Washington D.C. metro area experiencing a marginal but noteworthy increase in unemployment rates. These statistics play a crucial role in understanding regional economic health and job market dynamics.

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