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Washington area posts lowest jobless rate

July 30 2008

The Washington DC metropolitan area registered the lowest jobless rate in June, 3.9%, among U.S. metropolitan areas with populations of 1 million or more, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Detroit posted the highest jobless rate among large metropolitan areas in June at 9.7%.

Sioux Falls SD had the lowest unemployment rate among metropolitan areas of all sizes in June at 2.3%. The area with the highest jobless rate in June was El Centro CA at 22.6%.

Overall, 332 of 369 metropolitan areas reported higher unemployment rates in June than a year earlier. Twenty-seven reported lower jobless rates, and 10 were unchanged.

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