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Unemployment in D.C. holds steady, rises in Va. & Md.

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Unemployment in D.C. holds steady from June to July

WASHINGTON (AP) - The District of Columbia's unemployment rate is holding steady at 7.4 percent.

Federal statistics released Monday show that unemployment in the nation's capital was unchanged from June to July. The national unemployment rate is 6.2 percent.

City officials say the District added 11,800 jobs in July. More than 10,000 of those were in the public sector and most can be attributed to the local government's 6-week Summer Youth Employment Program.

In July 2013, the District's unemployment rate was 8.4 percent.

Virginia's jobless rate rises to 5.4 pct in July

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Employment Commission says the state's jobless rate rose slightly to 5.4 percent in July.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is up from 5.1 percent in June and down from 5.7 percent a year ago.

Virginia's jobless rate has increased for the past three months. It had reached its lowest rate in February since November 2008.

The largest jobs increase was seen in construction and the only sector that saw declines in July was finance. Other areas such as total government, manufacturing and professional and business services also saw gains.

The Labor Department says unemployment rates rose in 30 states, dropped in 8 and was unchanged in 12 states and Washington, D.C.

The national unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in July.

Maryland loses 9,000 jobs, unemployment rate up

BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Maryland lost 9,000 jobs in July.

The government says the state unemployment rate increased to 6.1 percent in July, up from 5.8 percent in June.

Some 5,500 of the jobs lost were in state and local government.

The state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation reports that the manufacturing sector added about 400 jobs.

Maryland was one of 30 states to have an increase in the unemployment rate for July.

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